THE MAYOR of Stroud has issued a heartfelt thanks for the residents' collective efforts in a winter appeal. 

Just before Christmas, members from Stroud Town Council set up The Stroud Coat Stop on the Subscription Rooms forecourt.

Residents were encouraged to drop off coats, gloves and hats which would be distributed where they are most needed, including through the community hubs. PCSOs, Neighbourhood Wardens, Street Pastors and other agencies. 

Mayor Stella Parkes said; "We would like to extend our sincere thanks for your collective efforts in making the Winter Coat Drive and The Network of Stroud Hubs' (NoSH) Coat Road Show successful initiatives this winter.

Stroud News and Journal: Stroud mayor Stella Parkes thanks residents for their generosity in a winter appeal

"Your generosity has been overwhelming.

"We now need no more coats to be dropped off as we have received so many!

"All these small gestures provided warmth and assistance to those in our community in need of decent clothing.

"The Coat Stop relied on contributions from various individuals and organisations.

"We appreciate Emmaus for loaning the rails and Southwest Buildings for providing the shed at no cost.

"The Master Cobblers' contribution of a combination lock ensured the safety of the donated items.

"Special thanks to the Subscription Rooms for allowing the use of the forecourt. 

"NoSH gave practical support that ensured that the coats found suitable homes, and we acknowledge Annie Page (Food Coordinator for NoSH) for her efforts in circulating coats into the community.

"Middle of the Hill Community Group and Trinity Rooms played a key role in distributing coats during the Christmas period.

"We also acknowledge Mountain Warehouse's generous donations of sleeping bags and roll mats, contributing to the collective effort to keep residents warm this winter.

"The Coat Stop was used by GPs, PCSOs, Social Workers, Housing Officers, the Town Council's Community Development Team and The Night Angels to ensure people's safety in cold weather.

"Thank you to each contributor for your role in making a difference in the lives of our fellow residents

"Stroud Town Council office staff continue to have a small rail of men's and women's coats in the reception area, so do feel free to pop by and get a coat for yourself or a member of the community, as we are still likely to experience more cold snaps."