We are bringing back Wrap Up Farnhamthis October. The initiative to gather unwanted or unused coats and jumpers from the people of Farnham to distribute them via charities and partners to those in need. It first took place in 2020, and in response to local need we are running it once more.
How does it work?
From Friday 28 to Saturday 29 October, Farnham Maltings’ Cellar Bar will become a donation point for unwanted or unused coats and jumpers. Volunteers will check the quality and warmth, before charities come to collect the coats for those they support.
We are partnering up with a number of charities, including, Transform Housing & Support, Hale Community Centre, Brightwells Gostrey, Badshot Lea Village Infant School, The Society of St. James, The Community Grub Hut Aldershot, and Winchester Beacon. Coats will be distributed via homeless shelters, refuge centres, organisations supporting the elderly, families, and other charities helping people in crisis.
“We have a number of clients who the cost of living is hitting very hard, this wonderful incentive will provide some of these with warm clothing to help get them through the coming months.”
Do you have a coat or jumper to donate?
We are looking for warm, thick, clean coats and jumpers for all genders and sizes. We will be open to take donations at the following times:
Fri 28 October 10am–2pm and 4–6pm
Sat 29 October 10am–4pm
‘Would you want to wear this?’ is the question to ask before donating. Please note we can only take coats and jumpers which are:
- Warm and good quality (no light summer jackets)
- Fully cleaned
- Have all their buttons / a working zipper
- Have empty pockets
- Someone would want to wear
Volunteers will be checking the quality of the donations, and if they are not deemed in good enough condition then we will ask you to take it to a charity shop or clothes bank.
“Our children access the outdoors in all weathers so a warm coat is really important to ensure they can access the full curriculum and can be warm travelling to and from school each day.”
Gemma Ball, Headteacher, Badshot Lea Village Infant School
Do you accept children’s coats?
Yes! We are looking for a range of coats for all ages.
Can you take light jackets?
No, only warm, winter coats
Do you accept fur coats?
No, we are unable to accept fur coats
Do you accept hats, scarves and gloves, duvets or sleeping bags?
No, we only accept warm coats and jumpers
Can I post my coats to you?
No, you’ll need to drop your donations off in person, or ask a neighbour or friend to drop it off on your behalf
Why do you work with partners?
Donating a coat is a gateway for someone to gain access to other serves and support given by that partner organisation
What happens to extra coats, above and beyond the demand from charities?
Any coats that are leftover once distribution has happened will be passed onto charities further afield who similarly will be helping to get the coat to someone in need. No coats will ever be sold.
Wrap Up Farnham is part of the Wrap Up family and was inspired by the London model which is run by HandsOn London.
If you have questions about this project, which are not answered in the FAQs above, or would like coats to pass on to clients, please contact Erin.