AN ANTI-TRAFFICKING charity in Sheffield is appealing for winter coats to keep the vulnerable women it helps warm during the cold snap.
City Hearts, which is based at the city’s Megacentre business and community facility, has made the plea as temperatures stay below freezing and the threat of heavy snow continues across the region.
Charity leaders are appealing for people to donate any warm coats, as well as duvets and single bedding, that they no longer need or have replaced.
Women’s coats in small to medium sizes are particularly needed during the current spell of wintry weather.
And small home decoration items are also valued.
Jen Baker, the charity’s anti-trafficking director, said: “What we are looking for is coats and duvets which are warm, in good condition and that you would want to wear yourself or give to someone.
“Often the people we see arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back.”
Nationally, City Hearts has three locations offering vital accommodation and support to men, women and families who are ‘caught up in the travesty of trafficking’.
The charity is given six weeks to provide a rescued victim with immediate support, medical care, counselling and assistance to help them towards a new future of freedom.
Its trained team of case workers work with other causes such as the Salvation Army, Stop The Traffik and South Yorkshire Police to help vulnerable victims of human trafficking.
Coats, duvets and single bedding can be donated at the Megacentre, on Bernard Road, just off Park Square Roundabout.
The Megacentre is open until 6pm during the week and until varying times at weekends.
Visit www.city-hearts.co.uk for more details on the charity.