Bethany School collects over half a tonne of clothes for the Happy School Bag

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Donations have been flooding in from pupils and parents contributing to the Happy School Bag scheme and we are delighted to announce that we have collected 562kg worth of clothes, shoes and coats to reduce waste and help the environment. The scheme also gives 60p per kilo of clothes we give them, helping us to raise over £300 which will largely go towards a mental health charity and to the tree fund.

The Happy School Bag scheme collect men’s, women’s and children’s reusable clothing which could have ended up in landfill. They also accept shoes and other footwear, handbags, belts and accessories, soft toys and bed linen. This allows them to create and retain jobs in the UK and Eastern European Countries and help people from emerging companies to afford quality second-hand clothing at affordable prices.

Our pupils have been working hard to promote the initiative by creating posters, writing letters to parents and the local community, and speaking to other classes in the School about how they can contribute.

Louise Vickerman, Kendon Boarding House parent, said: “Thanks to the generosity of staff and parents we have raised an incredible £337.26, this will largely go towards the Weald Family Hub. This is a local charity that is supporting children, young people and their families who are struggling with issues of mental health in the Wealden villages. The Hub is working in partnership with Fegans, a highly respected charity that specialises in working with teenage mental illness, and is focussed on providing subsidised mental health counselling to 12 local primary and secondary schools as well as giving access to 1:1 community support to families who are struggling to manage family life.”