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Hundreds of school uniform items gifted to Glossopdale community

There was a good turnout at Victoria Hall.

More than 1,500 items of free school uniform and shoes were given out to the Glossopdale community at a 'pop-up shop' organised by a local group. 

It was held on Sunday afternoon (1 August) at the old library at Victoria Hall in Glossop by The Hummingbird Hubs, which supports people affected by poverty, homelessness and austerity.

The aim was to allow parents to swap their child's uniforms for the next size up ready for the new academic year in September. 

There will be another event on Sunday 22 August, also at Victoria Hall, and there are plans for a future one in Gamesley. 

Jo Gregory, from The Hummingbird Hubs, said: "In total, we gifted over 1,500 pieces of free uniform and free shoes, and over 350 free toys and books to our community. 

"In total, approximately 300 people attended the event and (I hope!) no one left empty handed. We have a list of at least another 35 requests for uniform since Sunday which will be sorted and delivered this week and next. 

"We networked and have hatched a plan for a Gamesley pop-up event." 

Jo (left) with Padfield borough councillor and High Peak deputy mayor Ollie Cross 

Jo added: "We were visited by our Padfield councillor and Deputy Mayor Ollie Cross, and Gillian Cox from Bellies not Bins in Hadfield. 

"We raised £76, which will buy more socks for the next event and we even had a visit from a cat!

"We had so many donations on the day and our team of volunteer sorting superstars all deserve Olympic medals for their huge efforts in sorting, running stalls and regifting donations. All in all, it was a wonderful event." 

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