John Lewis department store is donating nearly 5,000 items of warm clothing to families in need due to this week’s cold weather.

The items are being distributed through the retailer’s charity partner Home-Start in ten UK locations.

John Lewis will donate clothing from its babywear, childrenswear, womenswear and menswear product ranges to help families who may be suffering from fuel poverty stay warm during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The support is part of the John Lewis Partnership’s Give a Little Love campaign which aims to make a lasting difference to some of those hit hardest during the coronavirus pandemic.  The campaign has raised over £3 million to date for Home-Start, FareShare and local community groups, and a further £2 million was pledged last month.

Pippa Wicks, executive director at John Lewis, said: “This is undeniably one of the most challenging periods of the pandemic so far. As the impact is felt more deeply across society, we know that now is not the time to take our foot off the pedal in supporting families who need immediate and practical support.”