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30th Jun, 2022

School uniform donations scheme is an instant success

A SCHOOL uniform donation scheme launched by a Stratford mum has proved an instant success.

Kirsty Powell recently set up the Stratford Uniform Bank scheme after she was left reeling at the price of a new PE kit for Stratford High School.

Eight collections points have been set up so far across the district with more set to follow.

Mum-of-four Kirsty said residents had been very generous and donations were being received in bin bags by the dozen.

She told The Observer: “We’re doing really well, the news is spreading far and wide.

“We are getting more and more people coming to us and more volunteering to take on collection points.

“We are appealing to local businesses which may have space for something more permanent as donations are growing. We received nine bin bags the other day for just one of our collection points.”

Kirsty added she had been overwhelmed by the community response after putting out an urgent plea on Facebook for Henley High uniform for a family facing difficulties clothing their children for school.

A resident had responded by collecting from households around Henley to get all the items required to kit out the family’s four children.

She said donations were still needed for more specialist items including the Stratford High PE kit which was recently updated.

The 31-year-old has contacted schools for advice on whether alternatives were possible for such specialist items including those which were embroidered.

Kirsty is appealing for uniform particularly for Bishopton, The Willows and Thomas Jolyffe primary schools.

Search Facebook for ‘SUA Uniform Bank’ for more details.

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