School packs have been provided for 148 children thanks to the efforts of the charity Baby2Baby and Beyond and its supporters.
The Bags4School campaign was set up to ensure that where families were struggling financially, and in need of support, children were able to receive new school bags and essential equipment.
Hannah Powell, co-founder of the charity, which is based near Uckfield, said: “All the items we’ve gifted are brand new and we hope they will give children who may otherwise go without, the right equipment, motivation, and ultimately the best possible start to this academic year.
“We’ve received far more referrals than anticipated for an initial campaign, and have been able to provide school packs for 148 children.
“We would like to thank all who used our Amazon Wishlist, and local giving account, to support this campaign; Co-op Funeralcare (Tunbridge Wells), who made a donation of notebooks, and Holmewood House School shop.
“It’s thanks to their generous donations that it was possible to launch this campaign and purchase bulk volumes of items like backpacks, scientific calculators, and pencil cases.”
East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, Cllr Sylvia Tidy visited the charity yesterday to see its regular work and also learn about the Bags4School campaign.
Cllr Tidy said: “I had a very informative visit to the amazing Baby2Baby.
“The work of the charity is collecting good condition baby and children’s clothes and equipment, and bundling them into beautiful parcels to be given to families who have found themselves living with very little in the way of clothes and equipment to support their children.
“The bundles are packed with love and care to give the recipient a feeling of worth at a difficult time in their lives.
“Prams, cots, bottles, bedding, toys, books a whole array of stuff are also on hand to bring joy to those most in need.
“East Sussex County Council social workers work closely with the charity so ensuring those in need are given a helping hand.”
She said the backpacks full of pencil cases, note books, and maths equipment which were going to primary and secondary school children referred by social workers, and other key workers, who support families in need.
Cllr Tidy added: “What a difference it will make, particularly after being out of school for so long because of Covid-19, knowing you will have what every other pupil has when starting a new school year.
“How lucky East Sussex is to have Baby2Baby helping families in their time of need.”
See how you can get involved with the charity at the Baby2Baby and Beyond website.