Uniform bank proves a hit

Uniform bank proves a hit

By Adele Forrest | 09/09/2021

Uniform bank proves a hit
Paul and Sallyann Kenny


A SCHOOL uniform bank set up by a volunteer is proving popular with parents.

The scheme is the brainchild of Sallyann Kenny, who was inspired to set up the bank in Swinton after seeing a similar service featured on a TV programme.

It will be at St John’s Methodist Church in Swinton every Saturday this month after outgrowing Sallyann’s home.

“I was watching Songs of Praise and I saw this young girl had set up a uniform drive and she had the Salvation Army involved,” said Sallyann.

“I was brought up in a one-parent family and I know what it’s like to struggle with uniforms.

“I took it upon myself to put a message out on Facebook to ask if people had any spare uniforms they could donate to struggling families and I was inundated.”

Sallyann’s spare room was soon piled high with donations generous people had dropped off. 

After running out of room at her home, she joined forces with her church who agreed to host the uniform bank.

“It’s been going about four weeks now,” she said. 

“I can’t believe how generous people have been with uniforms - there’s been some brand new ones donated.”

Primary and secondary uniforms for schools around the borough have been dropped off and the bank is now most in need of uniforms for children aged nine to 11.

“We’ve had blazers, shirts, shoes, coats,” added Sallyann, who has been helped by husband Patrick.

Local organisations have also accessed the bank on behalf of clients who had been “a bit embarrassed” to attend themselves, Sallyann said, adding: “People can also turn up and do a swap if they have things that are now too small.”

The volunteers hope the bank, open 10am to 1pm, will run until the end of September and any leftovers will be passed on to schools to use in emergencies.

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