Glas­gow pri­mary school wins £500 for epic Christ­mas party

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CATHER­INE HUNTER Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

A GLAS­GOW pri­mary school has been awarded a £500 cheque to throw their pupils a Christ­mas party of a life­time.

St Marnock’s Pri­mary in Pol­lok were thrilled when it was an­nounced their school had won the prize fol­low­ing an on­line com­pe­ti­tion at As­pire Acad­emy – a new school uni­form busi­ness.

More than 50 schools took part be­fore the win­ner was an­nounced.

Par­ents had to share a photo from the com­pany’s Face­book page with the name of their school at­tached.

The names of all the schools that en­tered were then put into a tombola.

This sum­mer As­pire In­dus­trial Ser­vice, who spe­cialise in con­struc­tion, launched its new project to en­sure school uni­form is af­ford­able for every­one and is of a good qual­ity.

Claire Don­nelly, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, came up with the idea when she re­alised that the num­ber of peo­ple in Glas­gow re­ly­ing on school uni­form cloth­ing grants in Glas­gow was higher than she ex­pected.

She said: “The cloth­ing grant is at an all time high in Glas­gow with 30 to 40 per cent of par­ents us­ing it.

“We de­cided to ex­pand our busi­ness and pro­vide school uni­form which is af­ford­able and a good qual­ity as we don’t feel there is any­one else try­ing to tackle this prob­lem head on.

“When peo­ple come into our shop they com­plain that part of the uni­form in­clud­ing blaz­ers, ties and branded polo shirts, are not read­ily avail­able in lo­cal stores.

“I live in the East End of Glas­gow and have three kids and my near­est uni­form store is in Stir­ling.

“This can cause un­nec­es­sary stress and anx­i­ety for par­ents who can’t af­ford to travel fur­ther afield to get the right clothes for their chil­dren.

“We are hop­ing to bring As­pire Acad­emy to Brae­head Shop­ping Cen­tre as a pop up shop.

“It will be more af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble for par­ents as there is free park­ing.”

As­pire Acad­emy have also set up a free fit and mea­sure ser­vice and free home de­liv­ery for those un­able to col­lect their items from the store.

Ms Don­nelly con­tin­ued: “It is amaz­ing how much these ges­tures can help a fam­ily get school uni­form.

“Cloth­ing grants aren’t usu­ally awarded un­til Au­gust un­til it is al­most time to go back to school.

“By that time many things are sold out.

“We are hop­ing to speak to the coun­cil on how we can help peo­ple in a tight sit­u­a­tion.”

As­pire Acad­emy want to be part of some­thing that will make a dif­fer­ence.

They will con­tinue to run com­pe­ti­tions through­out the year to en­sure chil­dren have the best school ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.

Claire added: “This is about tak­ing a mod­ern ap­proach to school uni­form. I have three chil­dren and worked in re­tail for 10 years so I know how hard it is.

“We will be run­ning more com­pe­ti­tions through­out the year. We want to sup­ply a year’s worth of uni­form to a fam­ily who need it and we will be run­ning that com­pe­ti­tion around Christ­mas time.

“Keep an eye on our Face­book page.”

Pic­ture: Kirsty An­der­son

St Marnock’s Pri­mary has re­ceived £500 to throw a Christ­mas party

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