1,700 Winter Coats Donated to Share the Warmth

Leicestershire and Rutland people have donated almost 1,700 coats to keep local people warm this winter – beating the total raised in last year’s first Coat Drive organised by Leicestershire Cares.

The coats for men, women and children are now in the hands of 25 charities and voluntary groups across the counties. They will be giving them to people in need as the weather turns cold in the weeks ahead.

Businesses, schools and the general public have been donating gently worn coats in good condition during September, collecting them in workplaces and at coat banks around Leicestershire and Rutland.

A thousand were donated at coat banks hosted at Hinckley & Rugby Building Society branches, Vanilla Recruitment in Market Harborough and at Voluntary Action Leicestershire and Voluntary Action Rutland.

Those coats, and the hundreds collected by employee volunteers in their workplaces, were sorted and stored in a shop unit donated for the duration of the campaign by Beaumont Shopping Centre.

2014 was the second Leicestershire Cares Coat Drive. Last year it received 1,400 coats in an initiative modelled on a similar and long-running campaign in New York.

Cares Community Development Coordinator, Katharine Lightbown, said: “Thanks to the compassion and generosity of the people of Leicestershire, hundreds of men, women and children will be warmer this winter.

We’d like to thank everyone who donated a coat, all our member firms involved, the coat bank hosts, Alltruck for helping us collect coats, our charity partners and Beaumont Shopping Centre – it has been a truly wonderful team effort.”

Beaumont Shopping Centre deputy manager, Steve Goddard, said: “It has been a pleasure to have helped. We’ve all been impressed by the sheer scale of the operation and touched by how generous everyone has been.”

The groups whose clients will be kept warm this winter thanks to the Coat Drive include Action Homeless, Age UK, the British Red Cross and several children’s centres.

Carla Loughrey, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society assistant marketing and PR manager, said: “Thanks to our customers and colleagues for donating coats, and to Leicestershire Cares for organising the whole amazing campaign.”


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