Norwich woman launches clothing rail appeal to help the homeless

A Norwich woman has launched a coat rail appeal to help the homeless in Norwich. Picture: Yui Mok/PA

A Norwich woman has launched a coat rail appeal to help the homeless in Norwich. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A woman from Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, has started an appeal in Norwich city centre called 'share the warmth winter coat drive' after watching her children chat to a homeless man and 'not judging him at all.'

People wishing to donate can hang winter clothes on a clothes rail on White Lion Street, Norwich, on

People wishing to donate can hang winter clothes on a clothes rail on White Lion Street, Norwich, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night. - Credit: Archant

The campaign was launched by Kimmy Jayne Taylor, and she is asking people to hang winter clothes on a clothes rail on While Lion Street for the homeless.

In a post on the Facebook page, Mrs Taylor said: 'Ok Guys Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday night I will be going into Norwich city centre to top-up a clothing rail I have set up in a doorway just outside Game (the store) near Castle Mall, this rail is for donating coats, hats, gloves, scarves etc to the homeless during this freezing cold weather!!'

People can message the Facebook page for an address to drop off the clothing.

There will be hangers provided for anyone wishing to donate at any time of day or night.

The appeal was launched by Kimmy Jayne Taylor from Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Picture: Kimmy Jayne T

The appeal was launched by Kimmy Jayne Taylor from Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Picture: Kimmy Jayne Taylor - Credit: Archant


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There will be a sign on the clothes rail saying 'if you need it please take it, if you don't please donate it!'

The rail and coat hangers, including clothes already donated to Mrs Taylor's Home, will first be put in place on Monday January 30 at 1pm.

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She decided to launch the appeal after spotting a homeless man sleeping in a doorway in the city centre and watching her children have a conversation with him.

Mrs Taylor said: Last week I went and spent my wages on new nails, new hair, bought my children £100s worth of items, and on the way home we passed a homeless guy in a doorway underneath a filthy blanket, I woke him up and gave him £10 from my pocket.

'My children spoke to him and I saw him smile and I noticed the innocence in my children not judging him at all.

'On the way home my baby boy age 4 says to me, mummy that old man didn't have a coat on I should of given him mine!'

The campaign was launched on Sunday January 29.

In December, hundreds of scarves were donated to the homeless by tying them around the railings in St George's Park, Great Yarmouth.

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