Donate a Coat campaigns

November 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For many people winter is a particularly testing time and with ever increasing heating bills staying warm during the cold winter months is becoming tougher and tougher, especially for elderly and vulnerable members of society.

Age UK the charity for older people have relentlessly campaigned for further help for the elderly during the winter. Their ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign is rolled out each year and aims to make winter as easy as possible with advice, information and schemes which have the potential to make a real difference.

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This winter Age UK are introducing ‘Donate a Coat’ which has also been adopted by The Salvation Army. Both scheme run along the same lines, simply encouraging the general public to donate any unwanted winter coats which can be passed on to someone in need.

Age UK’s appeal is aimed more specifically at older people with donation been made in stores. The coats will go on to be sold and all processed will then be ploughed directly into the Spread the Warmth campaign.   

With some seriously high profile support from the likes of supermodel Elle MacPherson, actress Helen Mirren and fashion designer Stella McCartney, who have all donated a winter warmers. Age UK’s scheme is set to be a big hit.

Elsewhere The Salvation Army is working in association with breakfast TV programme Day Break who will be promoting the campaign from 21st– 25th November. Also rallying a host of celebrity support from Arlene Phillips, Gok Wan, James Corden, Theresa May, Phil Tufnell and soap stars from Emmerdale and Coronation Street plus many more, their Donate a Coat campaign is reaching out to the masses.

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With a promise to pass any donated coats on to vulnerable people who are struggling to afford suitable winter wear. The charity has created hundreds of outlet for people to donate with 150 Salvation Army depot points across the country and 340 ASDA supermarkets holding donation points on their car parks. Providing ample opportunity for everyone to get on board and make a donation.

I think that both schemes are wonderful ideas; brilliantly simply but incredibly effective in the winter months. The only specifications, which both Age UK and The Salvation Army ask are for the donated coats to be in a good condition. Remember that size, style, colour and brand don’t matter. The charities are simply looking for generous donations which will help keep someone safe and warm.

I’m more than happy to join a good cause and donate a coat myself. Will you be donating one too?

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