Right now, there are families all over the country choosing between buying school uniforms for their children, or paying their bills. Others are cutting back on food to help cover the cost.
Some local authorities offer small grants to help, but more than 80% of them don’t offer anything – and Covid has meant that second hand uniforms have been harder to come by, making it even more difficult this year.
Last year, we bought a uniform for a child who was getting into trouble at school for not wearing the correct blazer – even though his mum was living in extreme poverty with no access to benefits.
We also helped a single mum who cares full-time for her daughter, who has a terminal illness. She was struggling to buy uniform for her youngest daughter and had to cut back on food.
“On many occasions I have sacrificed paying for food and other essential bills to cover the costs of uniforms. I don’t want my daughter to feel like the odd one out - especially when we are already dealing with issues and circumstances out of the norm.”
We were happy to be able to help these children, but we know there are so many more families in similar positions. So this year we’ve decided to do more! We’re partnering with some amazing small charities, uniform banks and community organisations around the country to help fund uniforms for more than 100 children who need them.
We’re doing this with funds we already have (from corporate donations), but if it’s something you would like to help with, please click below to make a donation or donate by text using the details provided. It will mean we can help even more children.