frequently asked questions
Is Wrap Up Cumbria a charity?
Wrap Up Cumbria is a campaign run by local Rotary Clubs, affiliated with Wrap Up Lancashire in partnership with the registered charity Hands On London (1140291). Founded in 2010, Hands On London offers opportunities for individuals to volunteer with third sector organisations across Greater London and organises corporate group employee volunteering events, strengthening corporate social responsibility initiatives. With a huge variety of projects to get involved in, Hands On London is inspiring Londoners to make a difference in their communities. If you’d like to know more about Hands On London, why not check out their website.
Where do the coats go?
Coats donated to Wrap Up Cumbria go directly to people across Cumbria who struggle to keep warm during the winter months. Coats are distributed via homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis. The number of coats our beneficiaries receive is based on the number they request and the amount the campaign manages to collect.
I have a light jacket – will that do?
We accept coats and jackets of all weights, however it is preferable to our charity partners to receive heavy duty coats that are weather resistant. Your light coat may act as layering, so please do consider donating it.
Will you take duvets, sleeping bags or other clothes apart from coats?
The Wrap Up campaigns in Cumbria are being powered exclusively by volunteers through the Rotary Club, we do not have the operational capacity or connections to accept anything other than coats. While we appreciate the gesture behind giving other kinds of clothing to the Wrap Up Family, unfortunately, it just slows down our ability to sort through and distribute coats to those in need. If you have other clothes or items that you would like to donate to a good cause, why not check out droppoint.org, a network of charitable organisations asking for items they can use, who would love to help!
Can you guarantee my donation really does go to someone who needs it?
We liaise directly with our charity partners and beneficiaries, who have been chosen based on proximity to Cumbria and predetermined need. We work with many of these charities throughout the year, so can confidently confirm that they serve Cumbria’s most vulnerable people. Should we have a surplus of coats will look at organisations outside of the county to ensure your donation reaches a vulnerable person.
Will my coat be sold on?
For the small percentage of coats that are donated in very poor condition, we work with a Cumbria based recycling organisation. This organisation offers ethical use of the recycled product and is supportive of people getting back into employment.
Can you tell me where my donation goes?
Your donation will go to one of our Cumbria based charities and community organisations, check out our beneficiaries page for full details. The Wrap Up Cumbria team can provide more details on this, simply contact us if you’d like to find out more.
Your campaign looks like you’ve spent a lot of money on it…
The Wrap Up Cumbria campaign is delivered by a team of dedicated volunteers from local Rotary Clubs. We are lucky that so many wonderful organisations and individuals believe in the campaign and want to make it a success; it is their generosity that enables Wrap Up Cumbria to happen. Every year, Roatrians across Cumbria give up their own personal time to help vulnerable individuals by making Wrap Up Cumbria happen.
Can I help?
Yes, As the campaign develops we need help with all sorts of things from collecting coats from our collections points to sorting and packing ready for delivery to our identified charities. We are always grateful for people who pick up our social media messages and share them. Please select your nearest Wrap Up Team and get in touch via Contact Us.
Why do you have big businesses on your leaflets?
We are grateful to all our sponsors, who choose to sponsor different parts of Wrap Up Cumbria. Without their backing, Wrap Up Cumbria would not be sustainable.
There are homeless people on the streets – why don’t you just take the coats directly to them?
We have worked very closely with homeless charities for several years. Their advice is to distribute the coats we collect through them rather than directly. This is to ensure that the coats reach those most in need. People who receive the coats are encouraged to collect them from shelters, centres etc. Whilst there, they are able to access other services that can help them rebuild their lives.
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