Wrap Up London

Artwork by @miss_magpie_spy
For those of you who haven’t yet met Hands On London, allow me to introduce the super heroes of charity volunteering. They’re the matchmakers who set you and me (Poppy) up with one of many charities for a volunteering date. (Minus the awkward snog moment at the end).


This November, Hands On London will be running their extraordinarily excellent campaign, ‘Wrap Up London’ – an annual coat collection of (gently – no holes pleasey) used coats which will be re-distributed to refuges for women and children, refugee centres, homeless shelters and elderly centres across London and Greater London.

They need your help.

And here’s why:
  • Homelessness in London has risen by 36% since last year
  • 14% of children in poverty have no coat in Winter (Save the Children report 2012)
  • Fuel poverty affects almost a fifth of London households and contributed to 2500 Winter deaths last year.

Last year Hands On London collected 2800 coats and this year they aim to collect (pause… dramatic drum roll please..) 10,000 coats. Yip! That’s a lot of coats… but a lot less than are buried at the backs of millions of Londoner’s wardrobes. I could raise my Poppy Paw and swear to that. Your honour.

Artwork by www.alicebelgrove.co.uk

So chickadees, They need your help, and this is how you can get involved:

Volunteer!

Hands On London need volunteers to carry out various tasks during the campaign, including helping to collect coats at one of 8 tube and rail stations in central London 5th – 9th November. If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, please get in touch here.

Host a Coat Collection at your office!

If you’d like to organise your own London coat collection, please get in touch here.

Donate a coat!

Hands On London will be collecting coats between 7am and 11am on Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November at the following central stations:

  • Canary Wharf
  • Charing Cross
  • Kings Cross
  • Liverpool Street
  • London Bridge
  • Paddington
  • Victoria
  • Waterloo

If you can’t get to one of these stations, there are also some additional storage centres which you can take your coats to in your own time – find more info on this here.

So, um, no excuses then.

It’s time to pull out your parkas and dig out your duffles – this is a call to duty. 

In a city as wonderful and generous as ours, there is absolutely no reason in the world why any Londoner should suffer, or worse die, from being cold this Christmas.

No reason at all.

Wrap Up London
www.handsonlondon.org.uk



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4 thoughts on “Wrap Up London

  1. That is such a sound idea, I wouldn’t have heard about it if it hadn’t been for your blog. I’m going to post a link to this on my FB in a sec. Am shocked at the increase in homelessness, I am guessing the recession hasn’t helped..x

  2. What a wonderful idea, hope my city does this too. My friend works very hard with the homeless community in Manchester so I am sending him this link. Sam x

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