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Give a winter coat to the vulnerable

Mark Thompson with the  winter coat collection at the ReUse Centre, Bedford.

Mark Thompson with the winter coat collection at the ReUse Centre, Bedford.

As frozen windscreens and frosty mornings mark the end of autumn, a charity has set up a new scheme to redistribute warm winter coats.

The ReUse Centre is running its Wrap Up Bedford Winter Coat Campaign to provide warm clothes to those who most need them and it needs your help. It is asking you to clear out your wardrobe and donate old coats which are gathering dust.

Chief officer Mark Thompson said: “Despite the fact there are some signs of economic recovery, we still know a lot of people are in financial hardship. With escalating fuel bills at this time of year its very important that they have proper winter clothing.

“The more fortunate among us are perhaps looking for a new coat and this year’s fashions and may be able to give previous years to someone in need.”

The charity is teaming up with several groups in Bedford including homless shelters, women’s refuges, food banks and centres for the elderly, to pass the coats on to those who need them most for free.

He added the charity hopes to make this an annual event.

The ReUse Centre supports people in need or hardship by supplying low-price re-usable goods and materials.

Coats can be donated to the ReUse Centre in Gadsby Street, Bedford, or the shop in Church Arcade. For more information got to www.thereusecentre.org.uk

 

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