In its sixth year, the Founder of Calling London, Frances Manthos, explained to members of our Parents’ Association in a recent meeting that the collection is constantly gathering momentum. It was set up by Frances as a result of a conversation with her friend, a primary school teacher in Hackney, who told her that there were children attending school without winter coats because they could not afford to buy them. Understandably upset by this, Frances rallied her friends for a coat collection. Six years later Calling London is now a thriving seasonal initiative.
Through the generosity of our parents and with the extensive support of our Parents’ Association, we have managed to collect 44 bags worth of coats for this charity.
MHSPA Representatives, Sharon Martin and Amelia Becker, drove two full car-loads of coats down to Kensington High Street to deliver the precious cargo and this weekend, the coats will be sorted into coloured coded bags, pink for ladies, blue for men and separate colour coded bags for different children’s age groups.
Each bag will contains five coats and bags will then be delivered across London and parts of Essex to various homeless centres, crisis, refugee centres, womens’ shelters, childrens’ societies and food banks according to their needs.
Frances was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Mill Hill parents and when we explained that the whole drive was organised in a week and collected on one day, in one hour, she was utterly amazed. In fact, Frances is already planning for next year’s collection! Hopefully we will find a way to exceed 44 bags of coats for this wonderful cause in 2017.
Thank you to everyone involved.