Record number of coats collected at QEII to support vulnerable Londoners

By Natalie Blachford

London venue the QEII Centre has collected 2,800 coats as part of a charity collection to support homeless and vulnerable people in the capital.

The centre hosted a collection point for the Wrap Up London campaign, where 140 giant sacks were filled with unwanted coats and items of warm clothing.

With approximately 20 items of clothing per sack, this means a total of 2,800 items – a significant increase on the 700 coats collected at the QEII Centre in 2018.

Organised by charity Hands On London, the Wrap Up London campaign has been running for nine years, organising coat collections at London Underground stations, postal donations, and collections by businesses.

More than 320,000 people in Britain are officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to figures released by the charity Shelter. Over half of these people – 170,000 – are living in London, where the coats will be distributed via homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis.

Diane Waldron, sales and marketing director at the QEII Centre, said: “The event industry has an important role to play in supporting local communities, and working with Wrap Up London allows us to do just that. It’s such a simple concept, but hugely effective, and I’m thrilled that so many people, including QEII staff, event attendees, local businesses and passers by donated their coats to support this fantastic cause.”

Jon Meech, CEO of Hands on London, said: “Every year the demand for warm coats increases and this year is sadly no exception. As a largely volunteer-led campaign we can only hope of meeting this demand with the help of partners like the QEII Centre, and it is fantastic to see so any people giving generously to support the people most in need this winter.”

For more information about the QEII Centre, visit www.qeiicentre.london. For more information about the Wrap Up London campaign, visit www.wrapuplondon.org.uk.