Wrap Up London is Hands On London’s annual coat collection campaign. Every November, the campaign brings together hundreds of Londoners willing to give at least two hours of their time to receive coats as they are donated, sort them and help with their distribution to homeless, elderly and refugee charities across the city.  Last November, over 850 people gave their time to collect nearly 23,000 coats and distribute them to over 100 charities.

The main collections are held at eight major tube stations for three days during the beginning of November and held during the peak morning commuter hours. A week either side of this see office, shop and church collections which last year brought in an amazing 9,000 extra coats for those most in need. Over 150 office, shop, church and individual groups of friends were able to contribute in this way.

Of course, once the coats have been donated, the real fun begins – sorting and arranging their distribution across London.

Now entering its 7th Year, Wrap Up London has become one of the largest winter volunteering events in the city and a true celebration of just what can be achieved when people are willing to give a few hours of their time.

Sadly the number of people living in crisis in the city is rising, particularly those who are young and homeless. Many people will suffer over the coming winter months. Wrap Up London shows the power that Londoners have when they come together as a community to help those most in need. A person’s spare coat and your time can not only help keep a person warm, it can help save their life.

Dates for the 2017 tube station collections are Monday to Wednesday 13th to 15th November. www.wrapuplondon.org.uk

For more information about how you can get involved, please email us at: info@handsonlondon.org.uk