Chestertons turned its 33 offices into public collection points in November supporting the ‘Calling London Winter Coat Campaign’, collect thousands of unwanted coats to help needy Londoners keep warm.
The ‘Calling London Winter Coat Campaign’ was established in 2010 by Kensington resident Frances Manthos. The charity collects warm coats and puffa jackets to distribute to London’s homeless, the elderly, refugees and children via various shelters, charities, schools and food banks. Nothing is sold on, just given straight out.
Earlier this year Frances was awarded the ‘2017 Mayor’s Award for Services to the Community’ by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Giles Milner, Marketing Director and Chairman of Chestertons Charity Champions, says, “This year, we aim to collect a record number of coats by spreading the word about its vital support to people living in London.
“We hope to engage with more local schools and businesses than ever before to help drive donations and beat last year’s figure of 3,500 coats, of which 1,000 were collected by Chestertons.”
Frances added, “For four years our partnership with Chestertons has meant that the public can donate unwanted coats at any of their 33 branches across London, resulting in thousands more donations for our Winter Coat Campaign. This has given us coats for even more Londoners to keep them warm in the cold months.”