Uniform plea for new term
AN OBAN woman has come to the aid of parents who may not be able to meet the rising costs of school uniforms.
Breege Smyth of Benderloch has long been a anti-poverty campaigner, but the school uniform campaign is aimed at helping families as the new term begins.
Breege, a fashion designer, said: ‘I am concerned that there are families struggling to buy all the kit needed for their children to start or return to school.
‘The financial demands on families at this time of the year is enormous. We all recognise Christmas as a financial drain, but not back to school.
‘I have launched the Back to School Uniform Bank in Oban because I have been approached by some mothers who mentioned that they would be happy to donate to it and unfortunately I have also spoken to a single parent family struggling to meet the costs involved in getting two children all kitted out for school.
‘The bank will run on a pledge and demand system. I am asking anyone who can make a pledge to help kit out a child for school to contact me.
‘I would ask that anyone who needs help to get their children’s school requirements to contact me - I will then match the need with the donation.
‘It is not nice asking for help or admitting that you are struggling, so I would urge anyone who knows of someone who could do with some help from the Uniform Bank to contact me and we can help.’ Contact Breege by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: 07768406295.