If you’re drowning in clothes clutter but haven’t had time to drop off your old threads at the local charity shop, Hands On London could help solve your problem. Well, part of it at least. This month, it will be running its coat donation campaign ‘Wrap Up London’ for the second year running and is asking Londoners to pass on their old or unworn coats, as well as volunteer to collect them. The concept behind this initiative is simple: you dispose of your old coats at a central London station and they will be passed on to the capital’s most vulnerable people, ensuring that they are well-equipped to face the winter freeze. Last year, the charity donated 2,800 coats to the homeless, elderly, refugees and women and children in 50 London shelters. ‘This year we are setting ambitious targets to receive 10,000 coats and distribute them to at least 100 shelters in Greater London’, says Hands on London founder and CEO, Elizabeth Grier. Yessi Bello Perez
Coat collections will take place on November 7, 8, 9. Look out for volunteers at the following stations: Paddington, Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, & London Bridge. Visit handsonlondon.org.uk/wrap-up-london-2012 for more information.
Alternatively, you can also drop off your coats at one of the following Safestore Self Storage centres:
November 5-16 at Notting Hill – Camelford Walk, Clarendon Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1TX . Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-5:30pm; Sun: 10am-4pm.
November 5-17 at Clapham – 4 Timber Mill Way, Gauden Road, London SW4 6LY. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm; Sun: 10am-4pm; Thursday late opening 8am-8pm.
November 5-17 at King’s Cross – 79-89 Pentonville Road, London N1 9LG. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm; Sun: 10am-4pm; Thursday late opening 8am-8pm.
The charity is also looking for volunteers to man the collection points. If you’re interested contact handsonlondon.org.uk