748 warm coats donated for the first year of Wrap Up Farnham

Through Wrap Up Farnham 748 people who need a warm coat will have one this winter. Run with the clear aim to support those in need, Farnham Maltings became a coat-drop donation point for three days at the end of November, taking in warm, thick, clean coats.

Here at Farnham Maltings we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who came down to donate, and the volunteers who generously gave their time.

“We have been bowled over by the response of the town,” Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings, said, “groups of friends, small companies and streets of neighbours have come together to collect coats. This is just one simple way we can care for each other in what, for many, is going to be a difficult winter.”

Many of those who donated had a clear out over lockdown and were pleased they could ensure what they no longer needed went to someone who could really benefit.

Wrap Up Farnham has now distributed coats to many organisations including Transform Housing & Support, Frimley Health NHS Trust for patients who might not have suitable attire upon discharge, Badshot Lea Primary School and Brightwells Gostrey, a day centre and community meal service provider for senior citizens. Hale Community Centre and the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale have both reached out to their more local communities and have received coats to pass onto people and families they support.

Coats have gone to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, suffering with addiction(s), poor mental health, unemployment and/or social isolation through The Hope Hub in Camberley. Wrap Up has also provided coats to vulnerable families living in supported accommodation. The coats that came in which were above and beyond the local need have been passed on to refugees in Calais through the charity Care4Calais, ensuring all the coats donated go to someone in need.

Volunteers came on board to take in donations, check the quality and categorise them according to size to make for easy pick up for organisations. Louise, who volunteered with Wrap Up Farnham, said, “With lockdown being restricting, volunteering was a way to do something useful, escape from the house and have social contact.” She was amazed at the number of coats coming in, for “on Thursday, I would estimate that we took about 40 coats in the first half hour”. Overall, Louise commented she “thoroughly enjoyed working with the other volunteers, meeting the donors and contributing in a small way to [the] initiative.”

Wrap Up Farnham is part of the wider Wrap Up Family and is very grateful to the whole team at HandsOn London for their support in making this possible.

Until next year!

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