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Keeping the local community warm with Hampshire CRP’s free winter pop-up shop

An initiative bringing much-needed winter clothing to those in need has returned to the heart of Reading.

Following the success of the Petersfield Free Shop (where surplus food and clothing were redistributed to the local community), Hampshire Community Rail Partnership (CRP) developed the initiative to include the Winter Warmer pop-up shop.  

Earlier in January 2024, Hampshire CRP set up space in Reading Station’s Brunel Arcade to collect donations of warm coats, fleeces, hats, gloves and scarves, aiming to reduce waste and support those in need this winter. Later in the month, the shop was opened as a communal space for people to have a chat and try on the winter garments.

Hampshire CRP worked alongside Reading Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership, Network Rail and Great Western Railway on the project.

Lucy Lomax, Community Rail Development Officer, said: “As a partnership, we were overwhelmed by the success of the Winter Warmers project last year, and we are so pleased to have brough the event back again.

“Without the support of our volunteers and the community we would not have been able to put on this event. Thank you for all your support in recycling your unwanted, good quality winter clothing.”

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from Hampshire CRP via their website.