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School uniform project set up by United Families UK in Deal to continue throughout the year

A charity's uniform recycling project has been so successful, its founder has pledged to continue it throughout the year.

At the beginning of the new term, United Families UK based in Deal set up an appeal for all unwanted school uniform which remains in a good condition to be made available for those who need it.

Luke Shaw, founder of United Families UK, is continuing to collect unwanted items of school uniform
Luke Shaw, founder of United Families UK, is continuing to collect unwanted items of school uniform

The response has been so huge, founder and chairman Luke Shaw says the scheme will now keep running until demand drops.

He has designated a room within his offices at 17-23 Queen Street, Deal - above Paydens the chemist - to the clothing.

Donations of shirts, blouses, polo shirts, trousers, skirts, blazers, PE kit and shoes are still welcome and those wishing to purchase items, from as little as 10p, can book an appointment.

United Families UK is a newly formed charity offering advice, support and guidance to mothers, fathers and families in need.

Mr Shaw said: "The interest has been huge, we have decided to continue the project all the way through the year unless the demand stops.

"It now has its own room as it grew quickly. We've had donations from as far as Canterbury.

"At the moment we are asking people to contact us to arrange collection to minimise the number of people in the building."

Mr Shaw based the project on a successful scheme in neighbouring Dover .

He said: "I set the uniform project up after seeing it be so successful at The Dover Big Local during my time doing drop-in services for the charity.

"I always promised myself that as soon as we have space, we would launch it for our local families.

"So many people struggle with the cost of school uniforms across all income brackets, so by encouraging people to donate good quality items, it means we stop unnecessary wastage of clothing, whilst providing an affordable alternative to everyone whatever their circumstances."

The offices are open to accept donations any time between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Entry is via the car park at the back.

To book an appointment, find United Families UK on Facebook or email unitedfamiliesuk@gmail.com

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