Westwood mum to host ‘Grab ya coat’ event for struggling families after avalanche of donations

Gabi with some of the numerous donations

An appeal by a Westwood mum for people to give coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for families in need has resulted in a huge number of donations.

Last month mum-of-three and children’s social worker Gabi Rowland was prompted to take action after seeing a notable rise in babies, children and adults in flimsy outfits as families are unable to afford the cost of warm clothing.

The 52-year-old asked for warm clothes and coat donations and was aiming to distribute the items from a venue in March.

But the response has been so overwhelming that Gabi has now been able to arrange an event for this month.

Gabi said: “Families are really struggling financially. For some families that are a bit better off the cost of a coat, say a cheap £15 one, is manageable but for struggling families it is unobtainable.

“Even if you go to a charity shop they have rising costs so a coat maybe £8-£9 and that might still be too much for some.

“I thought why not recycle these things, especially for children who grow out of their clothes so quickly.

“I have seen kids walking about in the flimsiest coats with no hat or gloves and I just want to help.”

Gabi is holding the ‘Grab ya coat’ event, where all items are free, on February 18, 10am – 4pm at Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington.

She said: “This is on a local bus route and easy to get to. For those with mobility issues there are no stairs and it is a large venue with toilets. People can come and grab items – no judgement – no questions but don’t take more than you actually need as others are also in need..

“Anyone with a decent buggy you no longer need, bring its along as it may do someone else a turn.”

Items include:

Coats (adults/children’s/babies)
Thick warm socks
Dressing gowns
Sleeping bags
Baby sleeping gro bags
Baby clothes
Adult clothes

Go to Grab ya Coat on facebook here

Westwood mum’s coat and jumpers donation appeal to help struggling families keep warm