Littlehampton School Uniform: An exchange store was launched in Morrisons after establishing links with town councilors
A group of Littlehampton city councilors have partnered with Morrisons for the program, meaning the uniform can be exchanged for free or purchased for just 50p per item.
Mike Northeast, who represents Courtwick with the district of Toddington on Arun District Council and Wickbourne on Littlehampton City Council, said he has wanted to introduce a uniform swap for some time and that is thanks to Alison Whitburn, community champion at Morrisons Littlehampton, that he has now been able to get started.
“There has been a need for years, it’s just about finding someone to do it and finding someone to support it,” he explained.
“The exchange of uniforms will not only help parents get a replacement school uniform for their children, by exchanging the uniform that they grew up on but which is still in good condition, clean and with wear and tear. ‘will hopefully prevent going to landfill, thus helping the environment.
“Ali came to support him and Morrisons to support him. Now it will depend on how people use it. We want it to be ultimately run by moms and dads. “
The first event will take place outside Morrisons on Wednesday, August 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the uniform exchange is expected to continue on a monthly basis. The money collected will be donated to local primary schools.
Freddie Tandy, City Councilor and Teacher at Littlehampton Academy, said: “A new uniform is a huge expense for most parents as schools reopen and as we all know kids love to grow up continuously, which means that it’s not even a once-a-year spending.
“The reality is that much of the uniform that young people grow up with is often still in perfect condition and quality, so we really hope that this exchange store program will not only help reduce the financial burden on the child. purchase of uniforms, but will also ensure that we are being responsible to the environment.
Designed as an “exchange shop”, the initiative will collect and collect good quality uniforms that families no longer need and make them available to other young people and their parents in the city, without asking. Questions.
A collection point is now available at Morrisons Littlehampton before the first exchange store. Good quality uniforms for all schools in town, including shoes and football boots, can be donated to customer service.
Mr. Northeast said: “School uniforms can be a huge expense for parents, even when we are not in a time of a pandemic. This uniform swap will be a great way to recycle good quality children’s uniforms and extend their useful life by donating them to other families instead of unwanted clothes that simply end up in the landfill.
“Many thanks to Morrisons for their active participation in this project, and if this proves to be successful and we get good feedback and help from parents, there is no reason that their program should not be extended to everyday clothes and even toys. ”
Donated uniforms will be washed and cleaned by Morrisons prior to the exchange store to ensure high standards of hygiene and cleanliness.