A free school uniform bank will be open next week to support Suffolk families during the school holidays.  

Quality second-hand school shirts, polo tops, shorts, jumpers, cardigans, trousers, pinafores, summer dresses, and PE kits are available, with occasional new items donated as well.  

The uniform bank will be open at The Salvation Army church and community centre located in Sudbury on 1 Station Road on Thursday and Friday, August 10 and 11, between 9.30am and 12pm. 

Families can also donate used school clothing to The Salvation Army charity shop, at the same address, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, from 9am to 1pm before the uniform bank opens next week. 

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The uniform bank mainly covers primary-aged children who attend local schools as demand for help increases with more people than ever struggling to make ends meet. 

Lieutenant Patsy Attwood, church leader of The Salvation Army Sudbury, said: "Getting ready for the new school year is stressful enough as it is.  

"Having a free uniform that fits properly is one less thing to worry about.  

"Parents are very concerned about the high costs of school uniforms, so easing things in this way can help them to overcome back-to-school costs.

"It is a real privilege to be able to serve the community in this way." 

The uniform bank is another way in which The Salvation Army in Sudbury supports people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, as more people than ever are being pushed into poverty.  

The Christian church and charity also support adults and children throughout the year who need clothing, with referrals from the food bank.  

The church offers pastoral support to local people at their coffee morning at the church on Thursdays, 9am to 12pm, with free hot drinks and low-cost sandwiches and rolls.  

If members of the public would like to volunteer their time to help run the uniform bank next week, please phone the church and leave a message on 01787 310187.