Wrap Up London is aiming to provide over 18,000 coats to London’s homeless, its impoverished families and the elderly, as well as refugees and victims of domestic violence.
This month it launched its volunteer-led campaign for the seventh year running, and is calling for donations of disused coats to distribute to those in need this winter.
On 5th November, when temperatures dropped to three degrees, Wrap Up London dressed up some on London’s iconic statues in bright red puffer jackets, including Kindertransport at Liverpool Street station and Amy Winehouse at Camden Market. This display acts as a reminder of how London’s most exposed will be feeling the cold this winter.
Another aim of the project is simply to connect vulnerable Londoners with charities and support services that can continue to assist them in other areas of their lives.
The charity behind the campaign is Hands On London. This year, it expanded the project to Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Running from the 13th to 24th November, the campaign is collecting donations of coats from a number of Safestores at Clapham North, Kings Cross, Notting Hill, Chiswick from 8am – 5:30pm, as well as the Broadgate Centre from 13th to 17th.
They can also be dropped off at tube stations Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo from 7am-11am between 13th to 15th November,