With schools set to return in September, Ealing Broadway shopping centre is hosting a donation box for members of the public to donate unneeded school clothing. At the end of this month, those needing the clothes can then collect items which have been donated.
People can make donations from now until 29 July 2023 at the donation box which is located outside Tesco Express.
From 30 July 2023 between 10am – 4pm, visitors will be able to browse the donations and take up to four items to help prepare their children for going back to school.
Along with this and over the same weekend of 29 July 2023 – 30 July 2023, Ealing Broadway’s free Clothes Swap will be returning for the third time this year which allows locals an easy way to recycle other old or unwanted clothes in return for new items.
Locals are able to donate a range of pre-loved clothes at the pop-up shop next to Flying Tiger on 29 July 2023. In return they will receive a maximum of five tokens to spend on other items on 30 July 2023.
The initiative is run in partnership with Love Not Landfill and has already seen nearly 2,000 items donated including tops, jumpers, dresses, and jackets, with 1,600 pieces swapped by the local community at the previous events.
Ealing Repair Cafe, a local volunteer group, will also be at the centre on 29 July 2023 to help teach people simple skills to repair and upcycle clothing items rather than discarding them.
Details are as follows:
Until 29 July 2023: Drop off pre-loved school uniform and sportswear items at the donation box outside Tesco Express
29 July 2023 from 10.00am – 4.00pm: Drop off general clothing outside Flying Tiger and receive tokens
30 July 2023 from 10.00am – 4.00pm: Visitors can pick up the school uniform items outside Tesco Express and cash in their tokens for the general clothing outside Flying Tiger
Andrew Rollings, centre director at Ealing Broadway said: “The response we’ve had to the Clothes Swap has been incredible. It’s brilliant to see so many people donating pre-loved items and wanting to browse for something new, so much so that it inspired us to also host the uniform donation point and shop this time around – which we’ve already received a fantastic number of donations for.”
Mr Rollings added: “We also know people’s contributions go a long way to help those in need, and this will be more important than ever during the back-to-school season.”