Support for school uniform charity

A group which supports older people has itself raised funds to support a charity which works with families with children at school who are experiencing financial hardship.

Left to right: Anne Webster, Collette Moran, Sue Bedford-Visser.
Left to right: Anne Webster, Collette Moran, Sue Bedford-Visser.

Chair of the West Lothian 50+ Network Anne Webster and committee member Sue Bedford-Visser went to meet Collette Moran, project manager for local charity, The School Bank West Lothian.

They presented the charity with a cheque for £200 that was raised by members of the 50+ Network through ‘coin jar’ donations.

Anne Webster explained why her group decided to support The School Bank West Lothian.

She said: “It’s a well-established tradition that each year, at the Network’s Annual General Meeting in May, our members vote for a charity they would like to support during the course of the coming year.

"The School Bank West Lothian was supported in this way through loose change donations during 2021-2022.”

“Our Network receives funding form a variety of different sources for which we are very grateful, so it’s good for our members to give back to other deserving causes.”

The School Bank is a volunteer-led group aiming to improve the lives of children in local families experiencing financial hardship by providing them with a brand-new school uniform and other clothing and equipment required for the school day.

The Network first became involved with The School Bank in October 2019 when members embraced the charity’s ‘SOCKtober’ appeal by donating many pairs of new socks suitable for school wear.

Collette Moran, speaking for The School Bank, welcomed the kind donation from the group.

She said: “This £200 donation will be very helpful for us here at the School Bank during this difficult economic time and rising numbers of referrals.”

The West Lothian 50+ Network is also supporting The School Bank’s “Winter Warmer” appeal this year by taking donations at their Hub in Bathgate of new socks, gloves and scarves suitable for pupils from P1 to S6.

You can find out more about The School Bank on their website, go to: https://schoolbank-westlothian.org/