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Sussex residents encouraged to donate a coat to help homeless wrap up this winter

Donations have already started

As the temperatures begin to drop, people living in Sussex are being asked to donate old coats to help keep homeless and vulnerable residents warm this winter.

It's part of 'Wrap Up Brighton & Hove' where everything that is collected is then passed on to local charities.

Beverly Sawyers, Vice President of American Express whose team are collecting the coats said: “Receiving a warm coat will make a huge difference to many people in need. There are still two days of Wrap Up Brighton & Hove to go – so we’re calling on people’s continued generosity to take a few minutes out of their commute or shopping day to donate their old, unwanted or used coats.”

Public donation points are situated at locations across the city at train stations, churches and community centres.

American Express staff will be collecting coats from colleagues in its offices in Brighton and Burgess Hill.

Students at the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton and BHASVIC are also being encouraged to get involved too. Drop off points have been put in place on the campuses.

Sussex Homeless Support, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Off the Fence, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, Brighton and Hove YMCA, RISE, Heads On Charity, First Base Brighton Housing Trust, Emmaus, The Brighton and Hove City Mission, Brighton Women’s Centre.

The collection points are in place until Wednesday.

More information can be found here.