Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve some form of Wrap Up Brighton and Hove 2020. We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we can stay safe and follow the Government guidelines, but still collect and distribute warm coats to our charity partners that rely on this service every year. We collected several van loads of coats and other warm items of clothing from homes & businesses with the help of Jim Deans at Sussex Homeless Support. These were passed on to the homeless and families in need, who thank you for your generosity.
It was not possible to run a normal Wrap Up this year with members of the public donating to us at central locations, like Brighton Train Station, given the current circumstances. We did manage to coordinate a scaled down version with the help of some of our partners, including our star supporters Hove Park School, who filled a van with all their donations. We are now looking forward to a Covid free collection planned for the end of this year. Please check back here & also our social media, Facebook & Twitter, for the proposed dates in November 2021 as well as any last minute updates due to further pandemic restrictions.
A little more about Wrap Up…
Normally run in early November, last years campaign in 2019, the first ever Wrap Up Brighton and Hove, collected 2126 coats and also 820 other items like jumpers, scarves, gloves, which were distributed to local charities. This included Sussex Homeless Support, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Off the Fence, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, Brighton and Hove YMCA, RISE, Heads On Charity, First Base Brighton Housing Trust, Emmaus, Brighton and Hove City Mission, and Brighton Women’s Centre.
Wrap Up shows us the power we have when we come together as a community to help those most in need. Our campaign is based on Hands On London’s annual coat collection and run by Brighton & Hove Soiree Rotary club. The annual event is a call out to Sussex residents for their used, old or unwanted coats, which will be collected by volunteers and distributed to local charities that support vulnerable people including the elderly, homeless, women’s refuge, children and low income families.
Every year, we setup locations where coats can be donated, then we sort them and help with their distribution to charities that support those in need across the city. We rely on you though, to donate unwanted coats, and sadly, your help is needed now more than ever. The number of people living in crisis in the UK is rising and it particularly affects those who are young and homeless in our city. Many people will suffer over the coming winter months and the donation of a spare coat can not only help keep a person warm, it can help save their life.