It is that time of year once again when parents are thinking about throwing out their child's old school uniform ready to get a fresh one for the new term.

However, The Love Inspire Foundation, in Burton, is asking parents to think before they bin and donate their old uniforms instead to help families struggling to make ends meet in the area.

The school uniform scheme was first piloted in 2015 and now it is being supported by Specsavers , in High Street, Burton, which is acting as a drop off point for unwanted clothes.

Monica Dunbar, founder of the crisis prevention charity, recognised a need in the community for help with school uniforms, which can be pricey for families living on the breadline, and set up an appeal on social media asking for donations of good quality uniform.

That year she distributed uniforms to 14 families who were struggling to meet the costs. In some cases families are expected to find up to £300 for youngsters moving up to Year 7.

Monica Dunbar, of the Love Inspire Foundation, and Sam Wheeler, dispensing manager at Specsavers

In 2016 the appeal was once again supported by the community with many teachers and professionals donating new and good quality used uniform. The pilot also received many referrals from services in the area who work with families in need.

In November 2016, The Love Inspire Foundation expanded its services to engage with families living in poverty.

Mrs Dunbar said: “It became obvious that many families were in need of support. Working families struggling to meet the basic needs of food, fuel and clothes. We would like to thank Specsavers who offered to be a central drop off point for anyone wanting to donate school uniform.

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"It's absolutely amazing that a local business is supporting a local charity and I'm sure that many families will benefit from their generosity.”

Since receiving charitable status, Mrs Dunbar said the charity had helped 90 families providing relief, support and resources to assist in reverting further hardship. The drop off point will operate until the end of September 2017.

The foundation will also be running its free activity programme through the summer holidays for the sixth year. The service offers free lunch, coach trips, assistance with school uniform and a crisis centre to assist families in hardship.

As well as Specsavers, the foundation is support by Sainsburys Local, in Derby Turn, Burton, where the customers are able to vote for charity of the year, the Summerhouse Bakery which is providing a suspended coffee service and The Octagon shopping centre which offers a pop up shop to open during the summer holidays.

More information is available from the Love Inspire Foundation Facebook page.

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