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Give a Coat a Home for winter warmth

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Give a Coat a Home - that's the call to help those in need keep warm as autumn and winter approach.

Used coats are currently being collected across Middlesbrough, before being handed out at a special event later this month.

The initiative is being led by Linthorpe ward Councillor Philippa Storey and Newport ward Councillor Chris Cooke who were inspired by a rise in online requests for help.

A one-off event on Saturday, September 25 will see the coats distributed to those calling in at the pop-up shop in the Carriage Driveway in the Town Hall.

They'll be available to anyone who needs one, with coats arranged in age groups.

Members of the public are invited to donate unwanted coats in good condition ahead of the event on September 25 to allow time for them to be sorted.

The donation points are:

  • Percy Middlesbrough (Commerce Way, off Skippers Lane) on Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm
  • Streets Ahead (Parliament Road) on Mondays from 10am till 6pm
  • The Kitchen Table - 2 Park Road South
  • Albert Park visitor centre

Councillor Philippa Storey said: "Many of us take for granted the ability to wrap up warm when temperatures start to fall, but not everyone is so lucky.

"We were inspired by a rise in the number of people asking for coats for children and adults, and wanted to do something to help.

"There must be thousands of perfectly good, warm coats out there that are simply going unused, so Give a Coat a Home is a chance for those who might be struggling to pick up an excellent condition pre-loved coat for free."

For more information, contact Cllr Storey at Philippa_Storey@middlesbrough.gov.uk