First school uniform bank held in Richmond

Storehouse at Influence Church in Richmond held its first school uniform bank this week.

Families from around Richmondshire were able to browse and take uniform free of charge to help reduce the costs that can come with buying uniform for a new school year.

Following a social media campaign, Storehouse received a huge amount of uniform donations from individuals and schools, as well as coats, shoes and accessories, some of which had never been used.

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Storehouse Co-ordinator Suz Gregory said:  “Last year we had many families use the food bank who couldn’t afford food, as they were spending so much on school uniform for the start of the school term.

“This gave me the idea for the uniform bank. Studies have shown that school uniform for one child can cost between £150 – £300 per year.

“The uniform bank is also a great way of recycling and reducing waste.”

Over 20 families with a total of 53 children benefited from the service, with another event being planned for later in the summer holidays.

This will be published on the Storehouse facebook page – www.facebook.com/storehouse.foodbank/ and will be open to anyone with primary or secondary age children in their care.

For anyone wishing to donate uniform or to find out more information, please email storehouse@influencechurch.co.uk

Due to demand, Storehouse is particularly interested in uniform from Catterick schools.