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A London charity wants your old coat to help the homeless

James Manning

You know that coat you used to love but haven’t worn since 2016? Next week, you can give it to charity and help vulnerable Londoners stay warm this winter.

Returning for another year, the Wrap Up London appeal will be collecting warm coats at major tube stations. There’ll be collection points each morning from Monday November 12 to Wednesday November 14 at Canary Wharf, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo, as well as the Broadgate Centre.

If you don’t pass through those stations, the QEII Centre in Westminster will be collecting coats from 9am to 5pm from Tuesday (November 13) to Friday (November 16), and the whole of the week after. You can also donate between Tuesday and Friday November 23 at Safestore locations across town, and even post your coat for free via CollectPlus. Check out the Wrap Up London website for full details.

Once all those coats have been gathered, the campaign will distribute them to homeless shelters, refugee centres, women’s refuges and organisations supporting children and elderly people across London – so you can get a warm glow and clear out your wardrobe in one go.

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