Temperatures are set to plummet over coming weeks as we continue to work our way through the winter months.

Many of us may take for granted the ease of keeping warm as the cold weather grips the capital. For thousands of Londoners however, being prepared for low temperatures and extreme weather conditions isn’t so simple.

Those experiencing modern slavery or homelessness, elderly people or those who are struggling financially may be forced to face the bitter winter without a coat.

Set up in 2011 by Frances Manthos, Calling London aims to change this. The charity collects coats and jackets, donated by both members of the public and corporate organisations, sorts them out and delivers them to those in need.

The response this year has been phenomenal, with dozens of charities and individuals benefiting from the winter coat campaign. At Hestia, we’re thrilled that over 80 of the people we support affected by modern slavery have received a coat thanks to the kindness and generosity of those involved in the campaign.

Bridget Little, Team Leader of Hestia’s Modern Slavery Response Team, said:

Many people we work with cannot afford to buy themselves a warm winter coat. Frances and her team always manage to get high quality coats, and they always go the extra mile in ensuring there are all different sizes and coats for children. It’s helped just about everyone who needs one!

Find out more about Calling London and how you can get involved here.

About our Modern Slavery Response

Our modern slavery service has been active since 2011 and we’ve supported over 2,500 victims since then. We provide pan-London outreach support as well as 5 safe houses in London and Kent.

Our Phoenix Project provides volunteer-led, long-term support to victims of modern slavery in partnership with the British Red Cross.

Here's what you can do to help end modern slavery.