Donate Clothes and Save a Life this Christmas

We are delighted to be involved in a group-wide campaign to collect warm clothing for homeless people this Christmas.

All three colleges in the Capital City College Group – Westminster Kingsway, City and Islington, and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) have set-up collection bins in their college sites, to collect clothes on behalf of Crisis, a national charity for homeless people.

Over December, visitors, as well as students and staff at all our sites – Victoria Centre, King’s Cross Centre, Soho Centre and Regent’s Park Centre – are invited to make clothing donations, by popping any items that they don’t need any more into the Crisis bin.

Organiser Thomas Blundell said: “We are delighted to be able to help Crisis out this Christmas. Having 37,000 students across 11 sites puts us in a unique position to make a real difference to London’s homeless people this Christmas.

“The idea came from Mike Magras, Programme Manager for Additional Learning Support at our King’s Cross Centre. We spoke about doing something at Westminster Kingsway College and soon realised that we could replicate the initiative across the whole Capital City College Group.

“Last year, deaths among homeless people rose by 22%. This is a really important, pressing issue, and we’re very grateful for the enthusiastic response we’ve had from staff so far.”

Crisis is a UK based charity that aims to rebuild the lives of people affected by homelessness. Offering support, advice and courses across 12 areas in England, Scotland and Wales, the organisation’s Crisis this Christmas campaign asks the public to find ways to support their mission during the coldest months of the year.

If you have any spare clothing to donate this Christmas, please visit your centre’s collection point before Friday 20 December with any:

  • Winter jackets and coats
  • Jeans or warm trousers
  • Warm jumpers and sweaters
  • Thermals
  • Scarves
  • Adult shoes
  • Adult socks
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Winter sleeping bags
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. roll-on deodorant and shaving foam)