Wrapping up 2019 with a good deed

Image of a Wellbeing officer from Selby Leisure Centre collecting the donated coats

Kind-hearted customers of Selby Leisure Centre and Summit Indoor Adventure have been donating unwanted coats for those less fortunate.

More than 200 coats have been handed as part of Inspiring healthy lifestyles’ Coats for Christmas Campaign. The campaign encouraged customers to drop off their unwanted coats and jackets in a bid to keep others warm over winter.

The initiative ran for 13 days in December.

Now the coats have been redistributed to local charities and organisations, Selby Sleepsafe, Foundation and Selby Gym who are going to hand out coats alongside their sleeping bag initiative, the remainder will be distributed to food banks and charity shops.

A number of Yorkshire 2019 volunteer jackets were dropped off and were the first to fly off the rails. Kind donors received a raffle ticket in exchange for their coats and three prizes will soon be drawn and announced on the Selby Leisure Centre Facebook page.

Cllr Mike Crane, leader of Selby District Council said: “The generosity of the Selby community is overwhelming. We live in a district where others really do look out for one another. In the true spirit of Christmas people have come together to help others less fortunate and put to good use their unwanted items.”

Dani Penney, Wellbeing Officer for Inspiring healthy lifestyles who organised the event and who manage both Summit and Selby Leisure Centre, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we received from local communities, partners and staff and have received for more donations than anticipated. We will definitely look to do more initiatives like this in the future”.