Donations of clothing and uniforms for local families continue to flood in

Donations of clothes and school uniforms for Knowle West children and young people continue to flood in from the community.

The Knowledge reported how the scheme was first started in May by Knowle West Alliance – after a request for clothing for a local family.

Following an overwhelming response – a collection point was established at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) by staff member Gail Bevan, who is also part of the Alliance Working Group.

People were asked to drop off unwanted items of clothing and shoes in good condition for ages three to 16 to help struggling families – which were distributed to local schools.

Gail says: “…Donations are photographed and posted on KWA Facebook page letting people know they can collect what they like for free. Items are kept at KWMC and are available to view by sending a message to KWA Facebook page.

“I held an open day 6 August. People came and collected up to 15 outfits for free if we had items left over at the end of the day, I contacted families and they could collect more and also shared on Facebook.”

A collection point has also been set up at Filwood Community Centre on Barnstaple Road and the scheme has been extended to school uniforms as well. These should be in good condition and can include PE kits.

John Lewis donates school uniforms to the Alliance
Gail Bevan collecting bags of uniforms from Community Liaison Co-ordinator for John Lewis & Partners, Samantha Britton.

Last month John Lewis & Partners donated eight large bags of school uniforms – which were given to local primary schools, social services and seven families. 

Community Liaison Co-ordinator for the organisation, Samantha Britton, said: “John Lewis & Partners this year have worked on a Give A Little Love project with the focus of helping to end Child Poverty.

“Our Cribbs Causeway store was pleased to be able to donate all the school uniforms that were unsaleable due to damaged packaging. 

“We hope many families will benefit from our donation whilst we also help to reduce the impact on the environment.”

Greenfield E-Act Academy was one of the local primary schools which received a donation of uniforms.

Learning Mentor and Mental Health Lead at the school, Sarah Purnell, said: “The fantastic uniforms received from Knowle West Alliance were so gratefully received by many of our families. It helped them so much and the families loved them too.”

Clothes and school uniforms in good condition can be dropped off at KWMC in Leinster Avenue or Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road during the week from 9am-4pm.

People who need clothing can view items by sending a message to Knowle West Alliance Facebook page.