Today we are launching our Winter Warmer appeal. You can help us by donating a winter warmer pack including cosy jacket, hat/gloves and socks/tights.

Many children across West Lothian are attending school with inadequate jackets and clothing which won’t keep them warm or dry on their walk to and from school. Not having a jacket can mean some children won’t even attend school and this obviously has a big impact on their education. You can help us change this for a local child.

In the next 3 months we anticipate the need for well in excess of 120 winter jackets for local children in need, aged between 5 and 17 years old. We appreciate any help you can give us, large or small, every little bit makes such a difference.

You could help in 4 ways:

1) Become a Sponsor and purchase new warm jacket, hat/gloves and socks/tights for a local child. Let us know you can help by clicking on our link below and we will contact you when we receive a referral for a child, it’s then up to you to buy the items, get them to us and finally we pass it on to the child who needs it. UPDATE – we have now received enough sponsors for our appeal so it is now closed.

2) If you want a buy a jacket/hat/gloves/tights/socks without waiting for a child then you can buy items for any age from 5 up to 17 years old and donate to us. We did a stock take this week and right now we have very low stock in the following items: jackets for both boys and girls: 8-12 years old as well as black tights for teenage girls and socks for boy’s adult size 1-adult 9. If you donate item’s we will keep them in stock and use when we have a referral for a child of that age/size.

3) If you would like to support us but don’t have time over the coming months, please click on our Virgin Money Giving link to make a donation and we will buy a winter warmer pack on your behalf. We estimate the cost of a pack for a primary school child to be £30 and a high school child to be £40. The link is – UPDATE – this link will remain open until January 2021.

4) Does your child have a jacket that they no longer use? If so, we can re-use it. Excellent quality jackets will be recycled to a child. If you have any jackets that are a bit past it, we would still accept them and pop these in our metal rag bag box and these will be turned into cash which will allow us to buy more new warm winter jackets. We need jackets for children from 5 years old right up to 17 years old (remember many teenagers can be adult sizes).

Please see our website for a full list of our drop off points across West Lothian. Thank you in advance of your support.