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Human Appeal launches 8th annual Wrap Up Coat Collection initiative

Coats donated during Wrap Up

Biggest ever Winter Coat donation campaign launches from 23 October, with collection points across 7 UK cities

11 October 2023: Human Appeal, one of the UK’s fastest growing humanitarian aid charities, has launched its annual ‘Wrap Up’ winter coat donation campaign, running from 23rd October – 12th November this year.

Now in its eighth year, ‘Wrap Up’ is a call to action for those around the country who can donate winter coats that they no longer need. Donations will be distributed among the UK’s most vulnerable communities, including women and children in shelters, the homeless and refugees to help keep them warm this winter.

Last year, a total of 9,500 warm items were donated across the country, with donations including warm jumpers in recognition of the cost-of-living crisis and increased demand as vulnerable communities around the nation reduced their heating bills. This was a massive 35.7% more than the target number of items – a tremendous result.

This year, Human Appeal are hoping for another record ‘Wrap Up’ year, with the aim of reaching a total of 7,000 coat donations and 3,000 warm winter items. The appeal is also accepting warm jumpers again as the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact people around the country.

As well as coat donations, members of the British public are also able to donate £10 to Human Appeal to provide the vulnerable with a winter essentials kit, including thermal hats, scarves, gloves and blankets.

Wrap Up is supported by car rental company Enterprise, who are offering up their fleet of vans to transport donated coats, as well as providing additional drop off venues in some participating cities. Another annual sponsor of the campaign is SafeStore, who make their venues available as flexible collection points for donated items.

Coats can be donated in bags at the following locations and an online donation for £10 can be made here, in lieu of warm clothing to donate.

Ahmed Osman, UK Programmes Officer at Human Appeal, comments: ‘This annual collection of warm clothing is always one of the highlights of Human Appeal’s work around the UK. Year after year we have seen firsthand how donation provides a warm glow to the vulnerable people who receive the items. The cost-of-living crisis is affecting people throughout the country and this year the call for donations is more urgent than ever – we are grateful to people for whatever they can give whether coats or online donations, and extend our thanks to Safestore and Enterprise for supporting this much needed campaign for yet another year.’

Countrywide drop off points and times

LONDON

• Human Appeal Whitechapel, 123 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DT, Monday and Friday 10am-6pm

• Human Appeal Baker Street, 57 Park Road, London, NW1 6XU, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am – 6pm

BIRMINGHAM

• Birmingham New Street Station, Station St., B2 4QA – Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24th October, 8am -11am

• Safestore Central - Miller Street, Newtown, B6 4JX, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Middleway - Highgate Trading Estate 50 Highgate Middleway, B12 0DG, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Edgbaston Community Centre, 40 Woodview Dr, B15 2HU, Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm

• Tesco Hockley, Camden St, Hockley, B18 7BH, Monday – Saturday 6am – 12am, Sunday 11am-5pm

GLASGOW

• Safestore Central - 9 Canal St, Glasgow, G4 0AD, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Southside – Blazes, 588 Lawmoor Street, G5 0TY, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Rutherglen – Rutherglen Retail Park, Dalmarnock Rd, Rutherglen, G73 1AE, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Hijama Wala – 31 Portman St, Glasgow, G41 1EJ – Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Saturday, 9am-8pm

• Townhead Village Hall – 60 St Mungo Ave, Glasgow, G4 0PL, Monday – Friday 9.30am-6.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10.30am-2.30pm

LEICESTER • Safestore, 1 Pioneer Cl, Abbey Ln, Leicester, LE4 5QY, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm • Peace Centre, Thurncourt Rd, LE5 2NG, Open during prayer times only, please find prayer time at https://peacecentre.org.uk/

• The City Retreat, 74 Church Gate, Leicester, LE1 4AL, Mondays & Wednesdays only 2pm-6pm

• Enterprise South, 29 Lutterworth Rd, Aylestone, Leicester, LE2 8PH, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-2pm

• Enterprise Central, 248 Loughborough Rd, Belgrave, Leicester, LE4 5LG, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-1pm

(GREATER) MANCHESTER

• Piccadilly Station Approach, M60 7RA - 23 October and 24 October 8am-11am

• Safestore Stockport Bryant - 61-63 Wellington Rd N, Stockport, SK4 1HS, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Old Trafford, 34 Brindley Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Altrincham, 1-2 Atlantic St, Broadheath, Altrincham, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Oldham, 189 Manchester Rd, Oldham, OL8 4PS, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Cheetham Hill, 202-208 Cheetham Hill Rd, Cheetham, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

LUTON

• Discover Islam, 37C Upper George St, Luton, LU1 2RD, Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm

• Safestore Unit 12, Cosgrove Way, Luton, LU1 1XL, Monday – Wednesday, Friday - Saturday 8am-6pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

DERBY

• Smart MOT (Drive thru donation), London Rd, Derby, DE24 8UP, Monday-Sunday 8.30am-5.30pm

• Pakistan Community Centre, 103 Harrington St, Pear Tree, DE23 8PB, Monday- Friday 12pm-4pm

• Enterprise Pride Park, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-1pm

• Enterprise North, Mansfield Rd, Derby, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12pm

About Human Appeal

Human Appeal (registered charity 1154288) is a fully independent British charity and humanitarian NGO based in Manchester, UK. It was established in 1991 and runs targeted aid relief programmes in collaboration with recognised global organisations like the United Nations. Its purpose is to save lives through emergency response and sustainable development programmes, across over 25 countries worldwide.

www.humanappeal.org.uk

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