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QEII Centre wants your old coats

London venue the QEII Centre is calling on event professionals and the wider public to donate unwanted or unused coats to provide for the homeless, elderly and refugees.

The Wrap Up London campaign is running for the ninth year on 11 November.

In 2018 the charity collected over 23,000 coats and warm clothing.

The Westminster venue will be hosting a coat donation point throughout the campaign, which runs between 11 November until 22 November and will be open to the general public as well as event attendees. Last year the venue collected more than 700 coats to support the Wrap Up London campaign, and is calling on the event industry to make this year’s coat drive an even greater success.

Diane Waldron, director of sales and marketing at QEII Centra, said: “Supporting our local London community is a key part of QEII’s CSR strategy, and the Wrap Up London coat collection offers a great opportunity for not just QEII but the wider event industry to give something back. We urge event organisers, attendees and Londoners alike to donate good quality, unwanted coats to those who truly need them the most.”

An estimated 320,000 people are homeless in the UK, according to figures released by the charity Shelter.

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

The QEII coat donation point will be open from 7am – 6pm, Monday – Friday, from 11 to 22 November. For directions and more information about the QEII Centre, visit www.qeiicentre.london.