Coat campaign warms up

Leroy Martin and Luke Jeffrey at the ReUse Centre, Bedford, launcing the coat campaign.
Leroy Martin and Luke Jeffrey at the ReUse Centre, Bedford, launcing the coat campaign.

As winter sets in, most of us reach for our warm coat and hat but for those who don’t have that luxury, a charity is launching its annual winter coat campaign.

Building on the success of last year’s Wrap Up, Bedford scheme, The ReUse Centre is collecting and distributing coats to those in need.

And this year, it is making it easier for people to claim a coat by having rails at Bedford’s food banks.

ReUse chief officer Mark Thompson said: “Food banks are being used even more than last year.

“While nationally there are signs of economic recovery, a lot of pepole are still feeling the pinch.

“Bedford Foodbank operates at various locations for a couple of hours each day, which will make it easier for people to pick one up.”

However, the coats are not limited to people using food banks and can be collected from ReUse Centre’s Gadsby Street depot.

Mt Thompson is also encouraging other charities to contact him if they have clients who need a winter coat.

To enusre there are enough coats to meet demand Mr Thompson is asking people who are clearing out their wardrobes to donate any unwanted warm coats and accessories, which are still in good condition.

He said: “While we have a few left over from last year, we certainly need more. I think there will be a bigger demand this year.

“It’s not just coats, we are looking for hats, gloves and scarves to pass on to those who are in need.”

He added: “And we always need more children’s coats and hats as they grow like weeds!”

Donations can be dropped at Gadsby Street, and the charity’s shop in Church Arcade.

Bedford Foodbank is open on Mondays at All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, from 2pm to 4pm; Tuesdays at Christ Church, 117 Denmark Street, Bedford, from 1pm to 3pm; Wednesdays at St Mary’s, Church Lane, Goldington, from 1pm to 3pm; Thursdays at Scott Hall, Barford Avenue, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm; and Fridays at Project 229, Bedford Road, Kempston, and Salvation Army, Commercial Road, Bedford, both from 1pm to 3pm.

For more information, go to bedford.foodbank.org.uk

For more details about The ReUse Centre, go to www.thereusecentre.org.uk