‘Wrap Up Brighton & Hove’ Calls For Coat Donations

Wrap Up Brighton & Hove coat collection campaign launches next week (November 11- 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 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.

In partnership with registered charity HandsOn London, the inaugural Wrap Up Brighton & Hove is supported by Rotary Brighton and Hove and backed by American Express. 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.

The campaign relies on volunteers supporting the logistics and day-to-day handling of donated coats. At Wrap Up Brighton & Hove, up to 130 American Express colleagues will be leafleting commuters and shoppers to inform them of the event and where and when coats will be collected, manning the collection points and sorting coats for distribution by local charities.

Public donation points will be situated at locations including Brighton and Hove train stations, churches and community centres across the city. American Express will be collecting coats from colleagues in its offices in Brighton and Burgess Hill. In addition, students at the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton and BHASVIC can donate coats at nominated drop off points on campus.  

Rotary Brighton and Hove will transport donated coats to a central storage point to be sorted by Amex volunteers. Coats and jackets of all sizes are gratefully received, although men’s heavy-duty weather resistant coats and young children’s snowsuits are most needed.

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.”

Public donations of coats can made on 11 – 13 November 2019 at: 

Brighton Train Station concourse – 7am – 11am 

Hove Train Station concourse – 7am – 11am

Age UK, Prestonville Road (Office), Brighton – 10am – 4pm

St George Church, St George’s Road, Brighton – 9.30am – 2.30pm

St John the Evangelist’s Church, Preston Village – 9am -11am

Hangleton Community Centre, Hove – 9am – 9pm

Rushfields Plant Centre, Poynings – 10.00am – 4pm

Latest information on drop off points, addresses and opening times can be found at ‘Wrap Up Brighton and Hove’ on Facebook : http://bit.ly/WrapupBH

Charities currently involvedSussex 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, The Brighton and Hove City Mission, Brighton Women’s Centre.

Wrap Up London began in 2011. Across the UK additional events will include Wrap Up Brighton & Hove, Wrap Up Manchester, Wrap Up Birmingham, Wrap Up Glasgow, Wrap Up Newport and Wrap Up Lancashire.