12 November 2013

Wrap Up London - Volunteering at Kings Cross

Yesterday morning I was up bright and early to be at Kings Cross station for 7am. I've volunteered to help Hands On London with their Wrap Up London 2013 campaign.  

Hands On London are asking for your unwanted coats - you know, those dusty ones you keep at the back of the cupboard - so they can give them to London's most vulnerable during the winter period.

You can find out all about how you can donate on my previous post here.

  Today, myself and the other volunteers based at Kings Cross were promoting the cause by handing out leaflets to passers by. 

I felt very pleased with the number of leaflets I managed to shift. Of course there were many people who didn't want to take one from me but I didn't take it personally! I remember from my days as an insurance broker in the city the kind of mood you can be in on a Monday morning in the crazy and frustrating rush hour.

But many seemed very interested in helping and some even actively approached me to find out what it was all about.

I'll be back on Thursday morning to help collect the donations.  Last year around 8,000 coats were collected from generous Londoners and this year the aim is 10,000!

So if you happen to be passing through any of the eleven Wrap Up tube stations on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week please do bring along your unwanted coats. They'll be going to a very good home!

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  1. Good on you! Such a great cause. I wonder if I can clean out my husbands collection without him noticing... ;D

  2. Well done Caroline! Such a good cause - I pass so many people on my way to work that are homeless and they look so cold. I give them some money every so often, but sometimes I think that doesn't really help - they need life skills and practical items (such as coats) rather than people's spare change!

    Katie <3

    1. I know what you mean, I always hesitate to give the homeless money too. I've got them a tea or coffee a few times, at least you know they can only do one thing with that. x

  3. What an awesome cause, Caroline! I have volunteered to hand out fliers before for things I am involved with, and it can sometimes be a tough job; but always worth it to help out those in need :)

    Nicole, keepcalmandcocoon.blogspot.com

    1. I agree! I'd not done it before and it's not as easy as I thought it would be, especially when everyone is moving so quickly! I think we did the job though :) x

  4. Well done Caroline! It's never an easy thing facing the public in such a brash way, (especially when they are busy running around like headless chickens!)
    A great cause needless to say!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

    1. Thanks Emily! It's such a good cause and the charity do such an amazing job putting it together. x

  5. I've never heard of this campaign but it sounds great, i have a few coats i will be donations for sure.


  6. Gorgeous AND generous! :) Well done you for helping out such a great cause.

  7. Such a good cause, I've donated two of my old coats!

    And good on you for being there to hand out leaflets.

    Hmm maybe...

  8. Heya. Sorry I couldn't join today, stayed cooped up at home all day dosed up on painkillers =(
    Such a good cause though, you've done an amazing job!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X


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