Winter Coat Appeal makes last call for donations

The Leeds Winter Coat Appeal, run by Zero Waste Leeds, is asking people in South Leeds to donate great quality second-hand winter coats and other items of winter clothing in the last few days for donations to the winter 2023-24 campaign.

Donation points in South Leeds include:

Hunslet Community Hub & Library, Waterloo Road, off Church Street, LS10 2NS
BITMO (Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation), Aberfield Gate, off Belle Isle Road, LS10 3QH
Middleton Community Health Centre, Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 4HT
Cottingley Children’s Centre, Cottingley Drive, LS11 0JP
Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library, 190 Dewsbury Road, LS11 6PF
Beeston Community Hub & Library, Town Street, LS11 8PN

Zero Waste Leeds is aiming to distribute more than 6,500 items of winter clothing, to match last year’s total and ensure even more people can access warm clothing during the coldest months.

More than 5,000 coats and items of winter clothing have been distributed so far since the appeal started in October and Zero Waste Leeds is hoping to reach more than 6,500 this year. The final date for donations is this Friday (26 January 2024).

Coats and winter clothing will be available from 27 collection points until the end of February. Details of donation and collection points can be found on the Zero Waste Leeds website – www.zerowasteleeds.org.uk

Gill Coupland from Zero Waste Leeds said:

“People in Leeds are so generous and we are so thankful that people can and do want to help. We’ve seen a real increase in donations since Christmas and as temperatures have dropped below zero – people have been having a good clear out and passed on items to those who need them.

“We would love to be able to distribute more than 6,500 items for this appeal, so we’re asking people to have one last rummage around in cupboards and drawers – and ask friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues – to find good quality items of winter clothing that can be donated. These can be taken along to more than 40 donation points, including community hubs and leisure centres, over the next week, so that we can pass them on to those who need them this winter.”

Last year’s Winter Coat Appeal saw Zero Waste Leeds distribute over 6,500 items of free winter clothing across the city, helping to reduce waste and saving people over £132,000 that could be spent on other essentials.

As well as winter coats for adults, children and babies, Zero Waste Leeds is also appealing for people to donate other great quality items of winter clothing that they no longer want or need, including hats, gloves and scarves, waterproof clothing, fleeces. This year Zero Waste Leeds is also asking for donations of baby cot sleeping bags, snow suits for young children and babies, and footmuffs to keep babies and children warm in their prams and buggies and is collaborating with Leeds Baby Bank to ensure these items are distributed to families who need them.

Gill Coupland concluded:

“The cost of living crisis has hit families hard and priorities have had to change. For many families in Leeds, paying bills or buying food has had to take priority over buying a new winter coat. Sharing thousands of donated, good quality winter coats across the city means we can help ease some of the financial pressure.

“Freeing up unworn coats from the back of cupboards and wardrobes and passing them on is also so much more sustainable than buying new. Leeds is a hugely generous city and people really care about helping others, and we’d love everyone who can to have one last clear out and pass on your warmth. It really does make a difference.”

 

This post is based on a press release issued on behalf od Zero Waste Leeds

Photo: Debbie Binnersley and Tracy Morgan from Zero Waste Leeds collecting some of the thousands of donations that have been given to this year’s Winter Coat Appeal

 

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