Shoppers urged to help schoolwear charity as poverty takes an upward turn

A charity that supplies children with school clothing and essentials has been selected to receive up to £1,500.00 in the most recent round of the Tesco Community Grant Scheme.

The Moray School Bank is one of three selected charitable causes that Tesco is highlighting in its stores this month.

Since 2017, Moray School Bank has worked tirelessly to ensure children and young people who are experiencing financial hardship are provided with school uniform and warm winter clothing for school.

Vicky Flood, the Community Development and Fundraising Officer for the project, said: “We have seen a year-on-year increase in referrals and summer 2021 was no exception. 

“This winter is also seeing at least the same 30% rise as we saw back in August.  It is vitally important that all children and young people arrive at school warm, safe, confident, and ready to learn.

“Poverty is on the increase and is a significant part of life for some, which impacts greatly on opportunity and children’s education and development.  Seventy percent of child poverty occurs within working families therefore we provide support for any child or young person from the age of 3 to 18 years.”

Just this year 566 referrals have been sent to Moray School Bank, with a greater increase for winter support. The organisation is about to reach a total of 2,000 referrals since 2017.

Moray School Bank are grateful for all the support received through the public, businesses as well as local and national funding streams.  The collection points with the distinctive blue body and red lids, are placed across Moray, but specifically in Forres they can be found at:

  • Moray Wastebusters
  • Forres Academy
  • Forres Town Hall
  • Forres Tesco

Blue tokens given at Tesco checkout can be placed in the Community Grant stand as they pass the customer service point.

The team at Moray School Bank will be making up packs till the end of March when this winter’s campaign draws to a close.

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