THOUSANDS of ready to use school uniforms have been donated to Redditch’s School Uniform Bank ready for tomorrow, Saturday, August 17, writes Eve Watson.
The bank helps local families kit their children out for the new academic year, and is being held at the Ecumenical Centre in Evesham Walk in Redditch town centre.
The initiative has been organised by Labour Councillor Joe Baker, and those involved say they have already received between 2,000 and 3,000 pieces of clothing.
Staff and volunteers at the Ecumenical Centre have spent over 15 hours sorting through the donations, which include new, unbranded white shirts and other uniform essentials still in their packaging.
The scheme is also being run in collaboration with Redditch environmentally friendly group Eco n Wise to reuse and recycle the uniforms donated.
Sharon Forrest, from the Ecumenical Centre, said: “It’s been a wonderful response.
In the seven years this has been going it’s bigger than ever.
“It’s about helping people but it’s also about being green and reusing, reducing and recycling these uniforms.”
The School Uniform Bank is open from 9am to 1pm this Saturday.