Manchester Arndale is Looking for Coats

926tinaAs the weather turns colder, new coats are ever-more important for a lot of folks who can’t afford to come buy them at the mall. Manchester Arndale recently teamed up with actress Tina O’Brien to visit a local primary school to help launch Manchester Arndale’s coat appeal for local children’s charity Wood Street Mission.

The Little Coat Big Coat appeal helps those families affected most by poverty in the city by collecting unwanted, good quality coats so they stay warm this winter.

Along with Tina O’Brien, staff from Manchester Arndale and Wood Street Mission talked to kids at the Didsbury Church of England primary school about how they could make a difference to less fortunate families living in Manchester and Salford by donating their unwanted school coats.

To help the message hit home, Tina wore a coat of many colors—getting kids thinking about their plans for the creative coat coloring contest the center is running. Participating schools get £50 Manchester Arndale gift cards and the school which collects the most coats will receive an additional £100 gift card. The winners of the coloring competition get LEGO prizes.

“We are delighted to be working with Manchester Arndale again this year to help secure more donations of children’s coats,” said Jan O’Connor, Manager at Wood Street Mission. “We simply never have enough coats to give each child we help one. It was fantastic to have Tina support this new initiative to involve local schools and we hope all the children enjoy designing a coat, whilst parents help support less fortunate children with donations of unwanted pre-loved kids’ coats.”

Image by Jason Lock: Tina O’Brien pictured in a costume coat to help launch the Little Coat Big Coat Manchester Arndale appeal for Wood Street Mission at Didsbury C of E Primary School.

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