Donate clothes to help others wrap up warm

The ReUse Centre
The ReUse Centre

A call is going out to people upgrading their winter wardrobe for them to donate their unwanted warm clothes to a charity.

The ReUse Centre is launching its third annual Wrap Up Bedford campaign, which sees good quality coats, hats, gloves, scarves and jumpers redistributed to people who need them.

For the next two months the social enterprise will be collecting items at its centres in Church Arcade and Gadsby Street, Bedford.

Clothing will then be delivered to Bedford Food Bank locations.

ReUse chief officer Mark Thompson said: “Last year we received twice as many donations as the previous year and we also experienced twice the demand as well.

“This year many people are still living in economic uncertainty. For many the tough choice this winter will not be what presents to buy. The tough choice will be food or fuel? A warm coat or a warm jumper may make all the difference in the world to those people.”

He added: “Working with The Bedford Food Bank helped us to redistribute a lot more clothing and to reach more people in need than ever before.”

The clothing will be available from December 7 to 18 from the food bank, or from the ReUse Centre in Gadsby Street.

Mark added any schools, businesses or other groups which would like to get involved can call 01234 353 578.