Take One Leave One, the simple scheme making thick coats and jackets available on street corners across the UK, came up with the plan to mark its fourth anniversary, as winter temperatures bite and a cost of living crisis pushes more people into hardship.
An event will be held in Vauxhall, London on Friday January 28 – a year on from when the area’s Take One Leave One rail was set up – with new rails also launching in Leeds, Brighton and Manchester.
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“For the last four years, Take One Leave One rails have been sprouted in towns and cities across the UK but this plan will bring them to every high street in the country,” said campaigner Stefan Simanowitz, founder of the project.
“We have approached heads of the main UK charity shops with a simple proposal – that they put a rail of warm clothes for homeless people outside their shops this winter.
“With freezing temperatures hitting, this simple idea which can be replicated on any street in the world, is trying to ensure homeless people and anyone facing hardship can stay warm.”