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Two local charities join forces to open one-off winter clothing bank

Donations of winter clothing being made at Zink HQ.

Two High Peak charities, The Zink Project and Little Cherubs, have joined forces to help local people by providing a one-off clothing bank.

It’s being held on Thursday 16 December and the charities are looking for donations of winter clothing.

The Zink Project runs a number of schemes including employment projects, High Peak Foodbank, Zink Advice, and a School of Rock.

It moved into new premises on the Market Street Car Park in Buxton in September and is developing programmes to launch in 2022 including a community eco-café.

Paul Bohan, CEO at Zink, said: “Zink has always reacted quickly to community need. We recognised that some families are short of winter clothing and some people have some they no longer need. A partnership with Little Cherubs who already run a clothing bank seemed the sensible thing to do.”

Little Cherubs in Chapel-en-le-Frith was set up to aid families whose finances had been hit by the pandemic but became such a success that it is now also helping refugees across the country. They are also keen to emphasise the importance of extending the life of clothing by reusing clothing to reduce environmental impact.

Sally, from Little Cherubs, said: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Zink. Many of the families we support are in Buxton so it’s great to have a place to operate from there. We hope we can make this one-off clothing bank more regular.”

The clothing bank is looking for donations of winter clothing including coats, scarves, hats, gloves, jumpers, trousers, boots, wellingtons, coats and socks for people of all ages.

Donations can be left at Zink HQ on Monday 13 December, Tuesday 14 December, and Wednesday 15 December from 10am to 4pm. The clothing bank will be open 1-5pm on Thursday 16 December. 

A small donation towards running costs of between 50p and £2 per item is suggested.

Zink HQ is located at Market Street Car Park, Clough Street, Buxton, SK17 6JL.

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