Chestertons Winter Coat Drive

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This year's coat drive has now ended. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Keep an eye on Chestertons social media pages for 2024 coat drive dates.

For the 10th consecutive year, Chestertons is proud to support charity Calling London in a mission to keep London’s homeless and most vulnerable warm throughout the winter.

From the 23rd October until 20th November, all of our London branches will become donation points for members of the public to drop off warm winter coats and jackets. Local schools, businesses and community groups are encouraged to get involved, and Chestertons employees also run their own collections from family, friends and neighbours.

“The impact of the cost of living crisis means the demand for winter coats is likely to be higher than ever, with many more families facing financial difficulties - so your kind donations are needed now more than ever.”

Since partnering with Calling London in 2013, Chestertons has collected more and more coats every year, starting with 200 in our first year and growing to an incredible 4000 in 2022. This winter we are hoping to collect even more coats as the demand is so much higher.

Who is Calling London?
Established in 2010 by Frances Manthos, Calling London collects winter coats and jackets and then distributes them to over 30 charitable organisations - helping the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, those living in poverty, the elderly, refugees and children.

Where can I drop off my donations?
Please drop your donations off at any* of our London branches by Monday 20th November 2023, between 9am - 6pm. You can find all of our London addresses here.

*Our Kew office is temporarily closed, apologies for the inconvenience.

Don’t live or work near one of our branches? Some of our staff are conducting local collections in Bromley, Leicestershire, Kent and other areas - email us for more information.

What winter clothing items are needed?

  • Coats of all styles
  • Ski jackets
  • Gilets
  • Fleeces

Do you accept other winter clothes?
No, unfortunately, we can only accept warm winter coats and jackets as detailed above.

I don’t have a coat to donate, is there another way I can help?
Yes - there are many ways you can support the coat drive. Take a look below:

  • Consider collecting coats to drop off to us: if your place of work, childs school or college, or local church can run a collection, you are welcome to then drop these donations off at any Chestertons branch for them to be distributed to local charities.
  • Spread the word! Please share the message across your social media, speak to your friends and family about it, and message your contacts on WhatsApp.

If you would like to get involved and support this great cause, please email or visit your local Chestertons branch.

Calling London Reg Charity No: 1142706