Almost 100 coats were donated in an effort to help people ward off the cold winter after Stroud’s assistant town clerk saw people shivering on her way to work.
More than 65 people picked up a pre-loved adult or child’s coat in the initiative, which was sparked by warm-hearted Sheral Gardner who said it was a great way for members of the community to help other people.
“We realised it can be difficult for people to accept something for nothing, so we put all the rails outside Stroud Town Council’s office and let them help themselves. At times the street was buzzing,” she said.
“I am really pleased with the response we got. People have been very supportive and kind.
“I’ve been stopped by people in the town who said it was a great idea and asked if we will do it again next year.”
Volunteers pitched in to help and Stroud businesses lent clothes rails, donated coat hangers and encouraged the idea. Among them was the UK charity Emmaus, which aims to end homelessness. The remaining coats were donated to the charity’s Stroud branch on London Road.
The Town Council was keen to support Sheral’s idea which it said served the secondary purpose of helping to recycle textiles which make up a large amount of household waste.