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QEII Centre to host charity coat drive

London’s QEII Centre is calling for old, unwanted or unused coats to distribute to charities that support the homeless, the elderly and refugees.

Launching on Monday 12 November, the Wrap Up London campaign, organised by charity Hands On London, brings Londoners together in coat collections across the capital. Now in its eighth year, the coat drive demonstrates the collective community spirit that exists in London when those in need are at their most vulnerable.

The QEII Centre is London’s leading large events venue with capacity for 2,500 delegates across 32 event spaces, making it the perfect Westminster venue to host the collection. QEII’s collection will run from Monday 12 until Friday 23 November and will be open to members of the public as well as event attendees.

More than 300,000 people in Britain are officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to figures released by the charity Shelter. The problem is rife and in London, where one in every 59 people are homeless, 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, director of sales and marketing at the QEII Centre, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting a collection point for Wrap Up London again this year and urge event-goers and Londoners to donate good quality, unwanted coats to those who need them most.”

Jon Meech, CEO of Hands on London, said: “Every year we have experienced an increased demand for warm coats and this year is sadly no exception. As a largely volunteer-led campaign we can only hope to meet this demand with the help of partners like the QEII Centre who have so generously offered to host a coat collection. Most importantly, the Centre allows the campaign to increase its reach to Westminster.”

Visit Wrap up London for more information.

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