Chestertons’ annual Winter Coat Campaign launches today, in partnership with London charity Calling London, with the business turning its network of 34 London offices into public collection points.
Chestertons is now calling for support from local residents and businesses, clients and staff to donate any unwanted warm coats or puffer jackets to help vulnerable people in London, of all ages, who are sleeping rough or unable to afford a winter coat.
Now in its sixth year, the collection will run throughout November.
All donations will then be bagged, sorted and distributed before Christmas to various charities and shelters across the capital including: homelessness charity St Mungo’s (Chestertons’ charity partner), Crisis at Christmas, Help our Homeless, Dressed for Success, Suited & Booted, Hestia and a number of different food banks who, as well as food, provide a range of clothing items, including second-hand coats, during the winter months.
Chestertons partnership with Calling London began in 2014 and thousands of coats for needy Londoners have been collected since then. 505 coats were collected by Chestertons for the charity in its first collaborative year, but last year, this figure grew to a record 3,000 coats.
Commenting on the 2019 Winter Coat Campaign, Giles Milner, Marketing Director and Chairman of Chestertons Charity Champions said, “Through our work with our nominated charity, St Mungo’s, we have seen first-hand the sheer scale of the rough sleeping problem in London. We know the huge impact a simple item like a warm coat can have on someone who is struggling to cope with the cold winter weather and with Britain forecast for its coldest winter in 30 years, our quest to keep vulnerable Londoners warm has never been more important.”
“As always, our aim is to reach out to as many people as possible by promoting the campaign in the local community and engaging with more individuals, businesses and schools in the areas in which we operate. If you can help collect coats, please contact us at [email protected]”
For the full list of Chestertons branches and to find your nearest office, please visit: www.chestertons.com/offices