Charity distributes 5,000 items of winter clothing to homeless and vulnerable people

A UK Muslim-faith based charity has distributed 5,252 items of winter clothing to homeless and vulnerable people across Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham as part of its Wrap Up 2018 campaign.

Human Appeal asked members of the public across the three cities to donate unwanted coats for vulnerable people, such as rough sleepers and people living in shelters, and collected a record breaking total. This is the third year that Human Appeal has run Wrap Up Manchester and the second year it has run Wrap Up Glasgow and Wrap Up Birmingham.

Running from November 12-23, the campaign is done in partnership with flexible volunteering focused charity Hands On London, which has been running Wrap Up London for eight years. The campaigns were supported by Safestore, Collect Plus and Network Rail who provided venues and methods across the three cities for people to donate unwanted coats.

Now Human Appeal has sorted the coats and distributed them to homeless shelters and other centres. From there people who need the coats go and collect them from professionals who can also provide advice and services to help beneficiaries.

A total of 1,685 items of clothing were collected and distributed in Glasgow, 800 items were collected and distributed in Birmingham and 2,767 were collected and distributed in Manchester.

Samra Said, the UK domestic programmes manager for Human Appeal, said: “We are touched that so many people across these three great cities have responded with such generosity and kindness this winter. These items of winter clothing won’t just warm a heart but they could change a life. Human Appeal are working with our partners to distribute these coats, gloves, hats and jumpers on these bitterly cold nights and hoping we can help them with advice whilst we distribute the items. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow who has donated to Human Appeal’s Wrap Up 2018 campaigns.”

Jon Meech, CEO of Hands On London, added: “2018 is the third year that Human Appeal has joined in Partnership with Hands On London and have delivered the most heart-warming campaigns in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. The generosity of people in these cities has been truly amazing. Everybody who has donated a coat or given their time as volunteers have helped change the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable people in these cities.”

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