30.11.2020 / For immediate release
COUNCILLORS JOIN HUMAN APPEAL TO WRAP UP GLASGOW.
Charity Enlists Help of Lord Provost and Councillors to Sort Through Generous Coat Donations.
Human Appeal’s Wrap Up campaign, collecting coats for vulnerable people this winter, came to a close on Sunday 22nd November, and the week just gone was spent sorting through the thousands of coats donated across the country.
The charity was able to run its flagship Wrap Up campaign for the fifth year in a row despite the numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year with partners across the UK, over 75,000 coats were collected and distributed to those in need. This year, Human Appeal made its campaign COVID-compliant by quarantining coats for 72 hours after collection.
People in Glasgow were asked to donate coats at the Southside Safestore and Townhead Village Hall. On Thursday 26th November, Lord Provost Cllr Philip Braat, Cllr Angus Miller and Cllr Eva Bolander were all on hand to help Human Appeal volunteers and Townhead Village Hall Chaiman Tony Munro sort through around 400 coats donated at the collection point, all of which will be donated to homeless people, refugees, those fleeing domestic violence, and other vulnerable people across Glasgow.
Ahmed Osman, Human Appeal’s Scotland Fundraising and Volunteer Officer said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Lord Provost and Glasgow Councillors to see the amazing generosity of the people of Glasgow in action. Wrap Up was much more difficult to run this year, but much more needed at the same time, as more vulnerable people will be in need this winter. We’re incredibly grateful for their support.
“A massive thank you also to Tony Munro and his team at Townhead Village Hall, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to collect so many coats. By working together, we will be able to change many lives in the coming days and weeks as we distribute the hundreds of coats we collected at the hall.
“Finally, thank you so much to the people of Glasgow. Your generosity knows no bounds. At a time when we’re all struggling in one way or another, you have turned out in huge numbers to ensure that the most vulnerable do not suffer this winter. I know I speak for everyone at Human Appeal when I say we can’t thank you enough.”
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For any media enquiries please contact Sam Baxter on 07495 708236.
A media selection from the sorting session is available here: https://media.humanappeal.net/?c=3205&k=ef534abd7f
Charity staff are classed as key workers under the Government’s criteria, and charity volunteers are able to leave their homes during the lockdown period as they are providing care and help to vulnerable people.
For more information about Human Appeal’s Wrap Up 2020 campaign, please visit https://humanappeal.org.uk/appeals/wrap-up-2020