THE RUBERY Schools Community Swap Shop which offers uniform items to parents who need them for their children has launched a coats drive to ensure children stay warm throughout the autumn and winter months.
The organisers of the campaign are hoping people will donate pre-loved coats for children of all ages so they can be passed on to those who need them in Rubery, South Birmingham and Bromsgrove.
And as part of the drive a ‘Coatathon’ will be held at St Chad’s Church in Rubery from 10am to 3pm on November 2.
People can donate coats at the church in the week leading up to it and on the day where families will be able to get suitable coats and other uniform items for their children.
There will also be other fund-raising activities on the day and the organisers are looking for raffle prizes.
There has been a phenomenal demand for uniform items between the schools breaking up for the summer around July 20 and last week, with the schools starting back at the beginning of September.
There were 457 requests for placed by 340 different families and uniform items were passed on to over 580 children.
In total 3,245 items were given out and they included 52 pairs of shoes and 55 coats.
In 82 per cent of orders (377) the swap shop was able to provide all the items requested and in a further 13 per cent (59) most of uniform needed was provided.
Kristina Murphy from the swap shop said: “All this has only been made possible by the overwhelmingly generous donations from our local community and beyond.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed.”
So far more than 200 pre-loved coats have been donated but more are needed.
Kristina added: “We’ve had them in all shapes and sizes but as soon as they come in, they’re going out again so we are hoping we can stay stocked-up to cope with the demand.”
Click here for more details about the Coatathon.
As well as St Chad’s Church in Rubery, drop-off points for include CC Balloons in Rubery, NewStarts in Frankley and Northfield Fire Station.
Kristina joined us for the Standard Podcast this week – you can listen to it I YouTube (below) –