Wrap Up Brighton & Hove’s coat collection campaign has been a fabulous success this week (November 11, 12, 13, 2019).
Taking place in the city for the first time, the campaign is a call out to Sussex residents for their used, old or unwanted coats, which have been collected by volunteers and distributed to local charities that support vulnerable people including the elderly, homeless, women’s refuge, children and low income families.
In partnership with registered charity HandsOn London, the inaugural Wrap Up Brighton & Hove has been organised by Rotary clubs in Brighton and Hove and backed by American Express Company (NYSE: AXP). HandsOn London launched its first Wrap Up London in 2011, since then it has set up Wrap Up events across the UK, with coat collections taking place simultaneously across three days.
Rotary Brighton and Hove transported donated coats to a central storage point to be sorted by American Express volunteers.
Beverly Sawyers, Vice President, American Express said: “We’re asking the local community to rally round and get behind the first Wrap Up Brighton & Hove. Our colleagues in the capital have been volunteering at Wrap Up London since 2012, so we’ve seen first-hand the impact donating a spare coat can make. We were keen to bring the campaign here, given the growing numbers of vulnerable people in the city. We’re committed to backing the local community where we live and work and we’re hoping to build momentum year-on-year to give a helping hand to those who need it.”
Robert Griffiths, spokesperson for Rotary Brighton and Hove said: “Sadly the number of people living in crisis here in Brighton is rising. We’re hoping to mobilise the power of the community to help those most in need ahead of the weather becoming colder. We’re a big-hearted city and we’re calling on the compassion and generosity of residents to care enough to gift a warm coat.”