16th Dec, 2019

Redditch school uniform appeal - don't throw it away, recycle it please!

Correspondent 14th Jul, 2019

DONATIONS are already flying in for the upcoming school uniform bank in Redditch.

It’s a joint initiative between the local Labour Party, Emmanuel Church Redditch, and local pressure group Eco N Wise who are all offering volunteers to rehome thousands of items of school uniform.

“We are looking forward to this year’s event – it’s always really popular with local families but it takes plenty of hard work to get to the actual day!” said Sharon Forrest from Emmanuel Church.

Joe Baker, Labour Councillor for Greenlands established the uniform bank several years ago to help families with the expense of school uniform, but it has evolved into an efficient reuse and recycling project.

He said: “I’m really proud of how this has taken off. It really is needed in our town as school uniform can be incredibly costly.

“I urge everyone to send their uniform our way as the school year ends.

“Donated shoes are always very much in need, as well as branded and generic items.”

Shaz Harvey, Eco n Wise added: “It’s really important that we save as much unwanted school uniform as possible before people just throw it away. This is an excellent scheme – nothing gets sent to landfill.”

Everyone is welcome to the event, which is at the Ecumenical Centre in Evesham Walk, Redditch town centre on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 9am to 1pm.

If you can’t make it Emmanuel Church volunteers will keep items available for another week – just pop into the coffee shop between 10am and 12noon.

Items can be donated at the Ecumenical Centre or drop them off at Omega Therapies, Hewell Road, Batchley.

“We would also welcome sponsorship from any local businesses – last year we purchased a number of new socks and shoes with donated funds,” said Coun Baker.

For details on how to do this, or to volunteer call him on 07891 549333.

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