Westwood Cross shopping centre launches winter coat donation scheme

Westwood Cross shopping centre

Westwood Cross has launched a coat donation collection scheme in partnership with local Thanet charities Rise and Oasis to help those in need this winter.

The shopping centre is asking anyone who has good condition coats and jackets for men, women, and children, in all ages and all sizes, to donate them into their Coat XChange cabin from 15th October until 15th December.

The centre is supporting two charities, including the Rise, rough sleeper support project created by Thanet District Council, and domestic abuse charity Oasis.

Francesca Donovan, Centre Manager at Westwood Cross, said: “We know how incredibly important it is to support those in our local community who are facing struggles this winter, and have created this initiative to help our charities keep people warm throughout the colder months.

“If you have a coat taking up space in the back of your wardrobe, taking up your cupboard or under the bed storage, it could make a tremendous difference to someone in need.”

The Coat XChange cabin will be open every day from 11am to 4pm, near Boots on the main mall until 15th November and then collections will move to outside The Body Shop from 16th November to 15th December.

All coats will need to be in good condition and cleaned before donation.


  1. Kind of ironic that residents are being asked to donate coats to stop those less fortunate than ourselves getting cold whilst our local Councillors are due to vote themselves a nice 10% increase in allowances tomorrow night at the Council meeting.

    I wonder how much of that increase could have been used to donate to this scheme (or to keep toilets open over the winter period)

  2. We are all two paY checks away from being homeless or having know money I have seen people in the street cold so let’s all be kind and donate

  3. Westwood would do better by getting itself updated and refurbished, look at the state of M&S the outside needs a paint job and why not a covered walkway to the other parts like Sainsbury or the cinema o F&B

  4. Regardless to what a few if you think I think it’s a great idea especially for struggling families with children to keep warm.

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