Wrapping up London’s most exposed to raise awareness of homelessness in the city.
Every year the Wrap Up London campaign sets out to collect old coats from people who no longer need them, and distribute them to people who do. Unfortunately more and more find themselves in need every year, and so it’s a job that’s never done; new coats are always required.
But how can you get people to care? Although people in need are all around us, we can get so used to it that it becomes invisible. Our challenge was to get Londoners to notice what’s right under their noses – to think about what it’s like to be exposed when the cold sets in, and remember an old coat that’s gathering dust at the back of their closet can be a lifeline to someone else.
Those who can’t afford to stay warm aren’t the only invisible figures on our streets. Once we’re settled into our routine it’s amazing how much we miss.
The presence of those in need who are under our noses would be put into sharp relief if we could get people to pay attention to the other silent figures they pass every day.
Those figures? London’s statues. We toured the capital clothing these iconic landmarks in toasty red parkas with a call to action stitched into the label. Amongst those wrapped up nice and warm were the statue of refugee children at Liverpool Street and Amy Winehouse. Even if you, like millions of other Londoners, had passed these statues on auto-pilot almost every day of your life, you couldn’t help but do a double take after this.
The message of our activity was so clear it needed no explaining. The only thing left to say was when and where to leave coats. The activity was supported heavily by earned media in titles such as Metro, HuffPost, The Independent, and TimeOut, as well as interviews on radio stations such as Heart and LBC.
Donations at tube stations, compared to year before.
Social media impressions.
Winner of multiple awards including IMC Europe, Campaign Event, IPM & Masters of Marketing.