A COMMUNITY project to keep children warm has taken off again.

Wrap Up Knutsford has already provided 31 coats this month, including 12 new ones donated by an anonymous wellwisher.

Gemma Jackson launched the scheme in 2020 at the height of the pandemic but fears it is needed now more than ever.

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The mum-of-three has been overwhelmed by the generosity of local residents.

Gemma, 41, said: “As a single mum in a previous life I know how crippling unexpected costs to a family budget can be.

“I now have two additional children and an excellent partner but I can remember the feeling of dread when an unexpected bill hit my bank account.

“This year, everything has gone up, mortgages, rents, food, gas and electric.

“I think a lot of families will be struggling.”

People can drop off coats behind Knutsford Methodist Church, beside the community entrance, from October 28.

This year, she is appealing for coats for children and adults.

“My aim is quite simple,” said Gemma.

“When your children outgrow a coat simply pass it on to us and we will ensure another child will enjoy it.

“You don’t have to be struggling financially to receive a coat, these coats are for all.

“Remember when you were younger and your cousins or close family or friends passed you a coat?

“This is the same only on a grander scale.

“I am passionate about equality and also helping the environment as much as I can.

“By recycling you’re rescuing a coat from landfill. It’s a really win, win situation.”

Gemma received a civic award from Knutsford Town Council last year for her dedication in helping the community.

Knutsford Guardian: Gemma Jackson received a civic award from Knutsford Town Council for her community projectGemma Jackson received a civic award from Knutsford Town Council for her community project (Image: Supplied)

“I never expected to win that, I was quite overwhelmed,” she said.

Gemma and her team of volunteers are now organising a free celebration to distribute the coats.

A free family fun day is being held at Knutsford Fire Station on Saturday, November 11 from 12 noon to 40pm.

“It is exciting,” said Gemma. “This is a community fun day where everything will be free.

“It is open to all.”

Free refreshments will be provided by Savills estate agent and Booths supermarket.

Children are invited to design a scarf in a competition.

The best entry will be made by Knitted in Knutsford and given to the winner to keep.

A big selection of prizes have been generously donated by local businesses for a free draw.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer or donate a prize can email wrapupknutsford@gmail.