Muslim charity to keep over 21,000 homeless people warm this winter

Human Appeal & Safestore Staff with bags of coats for last year's Wrap Up Manchester Project
Human Appeal & Safestore Staff with bags of coats for last year’s Wrap Up Manchester Project

Human Appeal, a British Muslim faith-based charity, has today announced the launch of its first ever winter Wrap Up Glasgow Campaign.

Following on from last year’s successful Wrap Up Manchester campaign, Human Appeal will also be running campaigns in Glasgow and Birmingham as well as being the charity sponsor of Wrap Up London. Across all four cities Human Appeal are aiming to collect and donate at least 21,000 coats to the rough sleepers of these cities. Wrap Up Manchester, Wrap Up London, Wrap Up Glasgow and Wrap Up Birmingham campaigns will start on the November 13 and run until November 24.

In addition to providing warmth to homeless people, Human Appeal’s Wrap Up Campaign will provide coats to charities who help the elderly in crisis, children in poverty and refugees.

This campaign will be Wrap Up Manchester’s second year and Wrap Up London’s seventh year, but the first year of the project in Glasgow and Birmingham. Last year, when Human Appeal launched Wrap Up Manchester they aimed to collect 700 coats for vulnerable people in Manchester over the winter, instead 1,500 items were received.

The campaign is supported by Network Rail and SafeStore; using their self-storage centres across Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham as donation sites throughout the collection period.

Othman Moqbel, Human Appeal’s chief executive, said: “The winter months can be unforgiving for those sleeping rough or unable to afford a winter coat. We, in Human Appeal, want to not only offer a hand to those in desperate need of humanitarian aid, but to wrap an arm around those in desperate need of warmth. We aim to help people in need all across the world regardless of their race or religion or gender or location. Whether it’s someone in need in Mosul or Glasgow, Human Appeal aims to help in every humanitarian crisis.”

Samra Said, Human Appeal’s UK domestic programmes manager, who is leading on the Wrap Up Campaign, added: “The numbers of rough sleepers in the UK has risen by 133% over five years. In the harsh winter months, Human Appeal empower all communities to come together through Wrap Up Glasgow to help those most in need. Warm someone’s body with a coat and warm their heart by letting them know you care.”

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