STRATFORD’S first school uniform bank has bagged much-needed lottery funding and is soon to become a registered charity.
The donation scheme was set up by mum-of-four Kirsty Powell last summer after she was left reeling at the price of a new PE kit for Stratford School.
It encourages parents to pool together unwanted uniform to help struggling families.
And since August over 100 children have been kitted out for school and 16 collection points have been set up across the district.
And the uniform bank has now received a £7,000 boost from the National Lottery community fund scheme ahead of the new school year.
Kirsty said: “This is a huge step for us after only ten months of running to be recognised as making a significant difference to our community by the national lottery and also needing to register for charity status already.
“We cannot thank the national lottery enough, these funds are going to make such a huge difference to the amount of families we can assist on the lead up to the September term.
“As always we are extremely grateful for the show of support from the community as well, with donations still coming in, lots of offers of help and even down to the shares of our posts on Facebook and helping to spread the word on what we are doing it is all making such a big difference to help us reach as many families in need as possible.”
The scheme is also soon to receive a registered charity number and recently won ‘Unsung Hero’s 2019’ at the South Warwickshire Cava Volunteer Awards.
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