School’s pledge to help those in crisis

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A plaque has been presented to an Ilkeston school to formally mark its relationship with a charity that provides clothing to people in crisis.

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, in Kirk Hallam, was the first school to support Sharewear, which is based in Nottingham, and has now become an official member of the charity’s schools partnership programme.

Louise Cooke, from Sharewear, visited the school and spoke to students during a morning act of worship.

She said: “I am delighted to hand over this plaque to mark the beginning of a new formal stage of working together. Saint John Houghton was the first ever school to support Sharewear and we’ve now formed partnerships with other schools.

“You can help us by collecting clothes and shoes or by holding a fundraising event. You can invite us to your open days, we can talk in assemblies and run workshops. We can talk about the eco aspect of recycling clothes and what happens to clothes when they have been put in the bin. We can give volunteering opportunities to older pupils.

Stephen Brogan, deputy head teacher, thanked Louise for talking to students.

He said: “I think we can be incredibly proud to be the first school that ever worked with Sharewear. It has become an organisation which helps thousands of people. This is a remarkable achievement and testament to all of the volunteers.”