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Redditch school uniform bank opens early in bid for donations

Ross Crawford 23rd May, 2021

REDDITCH Labour party’s school uniform bank is back and opening its donation points early to ensure there’s a bumper selection of good quality items to redistribute.

The big day is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at the Ecumenical Centre in Evesham Walk.

Joe Baker organised the first event back in 2013 and says demand for the service has increased year on year.

“Many families across Redditch rely on this in order to source school uniform for their children,” he said.

“A full uniform including PE kit and shoes can easily come to more than £100, and that’s a huge expense – especially if you’re on benefits or you’ve been on a reduced furlough wage.

“Supporting and helping the community is vital to us at Redditch Labour Party – we will always be here for the people who need us.”

Helping with the bank is Sharon Harvey, who said: “We have decided to open our donation points early this year to make sure nothing goes to waste.

“Most Year 11 pupils leave at the end of May.

“Our message to all parents is please don’t throw those blazers away!”

Donation points are open from this Saturday, May 22.

Any school uniform items can be dropped off at the customer service desk in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Omega Therapies in Hewell Road, Batchley, and Inspire CIC at Winyates Craft Centre.

“We accept all logo items, including PE kits, as well as trousers, skirts and shirts as well as coats, shoes and trainers,” said Sharon.

All items must be in good, clean condition.

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