Charity hit after vehicle damages warehouse

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A charity which helps to give school uniforms to parents feeling the financial pinch has had to cancel its latest event after a car is believed to have hit into its warehouse on Saturday evening.

The Uniform Bank was set up earlier this year as a way of letting families across Bedford swap and donate clothes their children no longer need for school.

But founder Natalie Hopkins has had to cancel Saturday’s event at Robert Bruce Middle School in Kempston because she cannot access any of the stock in the warehouse in Murdock Road.

She said: “When I arrived at the warehouse on Monday morning it was all covered in rubble. I couldn’t get in, and there was so much damage to the wall that I’d be worried about going in there on my own as the windows could just fall in.

“We are meant to be holding

The Uniform Bank was set up in June after Natalie, a teacher and mother-of-two, saw the need to let people exchange school uniforms and coats for their children.

Parents pay a £1 entry fee for events, and then swap items, or can pick items that are donated by schools that have been in lost property for a couple of years.

People in particular hardship or who have been the victims of a disaster such as a house fire can get uniforms for free.

Natalie said: “There are plenty of families in Bedford, even those where there are two parents and both of them are working, who can’t afford to buy new uniforms as their children are growing.

“It’s so important to reduce barriers to learning, and this is also a great way of bringing people together.”

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