Tyne & Wear

Second-hand primary school uniforms handed out in Sunderland

Hundreds of second-hand school uniforms are being given free of charge to families in Sunderland.

The primary school uniforms are being cleaned, repaired and handed out to help parents struggling with the cost of new clothes for their children.

More than 500 uniforms have been donated so far, organisers said.

The scheme is being run by Sunderland Partnership, St Bede's Church at Town End Farm and Sunderland Minster.

Fiona Collin, curate at the minster, said: "We are calling it 'upcycling'. Really, it means the uniforms are donated and we wash and repair them so we can give them away to families free of charge."

Plain items

So far, items with badges have been donated for St Paul's Primary, Hill View and Benedict Biscop schools among others.

A number of plain items, such as trousers, skirts, shirts and plimsoles, have also been handed in.

Organisers hope to set up a city centre hub if the scheme proves successful.

It comes after political calls urging schools to help cut the cost of uniforms.

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