Chestertons embarked on its annual charity appeal on 11th November and collected unwanted winter coats for a period of three weeks. These coats were boxed and collected from Chestertons' offices in Ocean Village on a daily basis by charity appeal partner, DHL Express. Last week, 83 boxes of coats were taken to London and are now being distributed to the homeless and the vulnerable via shelters and homeless charities across London by the charity "Calling London".
Prior Park School was also a collection point and students raided their cupboards to contribute a further 80 unwanted coats.
In total 746 coats were collected in Gibraltar in just three weeks.
Mike Nicholls, Chestertons CEO said, "Once again we are totally astonished by the kindness and generosity shown by the Gibraltar community who dug deep into their wardrobes to produce this amount of coats for this amazing appeal. We expected about 100 coats! Somewhere in London tonight, someone will be kept warm because of their thoughtfulness. Thank you to DHL Express for their generosity and Prior Park for their support too. Plus each and every donor, I can't thank everyone who contributed enough.”
Picture: Eileen Thirkill, one of many local donors, drops off her coats at Chestertons.
Contributed by Mike Nicholls