‘Tis indeed the season to be jolly, but festive cheer is not the only thing to come over us at this time of year. Various ailments plague most of us as the nights draw in and temperatures plummet sending the British transport systems into to disarray, in not so jolly a fashion. The majority can nurse such afflictions with a warm bed and cough medicine. Some of us are not so lucky. A total of 6,437 people were seen sleeping rough by outreach workers in London during 2012-13, a number up by 30% on 2011. When the temperatures begin to drop, those on the streets are particularly vulnerable to illness. But, there is something that can be done to help.

The Wrap Up Project, created by WCRS, have produced gift wrap in 3 festive snowflake designs, which in fact depict the common cold, influenza and pneumonia; take a look closer on the project website  http://www.wrapupproject.co.uk./. This clever idea is the brainchild of design duo Doug Fridlund and Mikael Alcock, (aka Doug & Mikael, the cool kids behind the Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery pranks). 100% of the proceeds from gift wrap sales, go to St Mungo’s, the charity helping those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to rebuild their lives. So, why not wrap up your pressies with a sneeze this Christmas and give to those less fortunate?

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