Uni­form plea for new term

The Oban Times - - News -

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: breege131@bt­in­ter­net.com or mo­bile: 07768406295.

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