A PROJECT in the region is giving away school uniform to those who need it.

The StoreHouse foodbank has been collecting uniform for both primary and secondary schools across County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Items include anything from generic uniform attire like shirts and trousers as well as uniforms with local school badges on and stationary.

The scheme ran last year in Richmond and it proved to be a success, helping more than 100 children get a uniform – clothes left over were sent to Ghana, helping another 100 children.

School uniform can cost families anywhere between £300 and £500.

More than one million children live in families who are getting into debt due to school uniform costs across England, according to a study by The Children’s Society in 2018.

Recently schools have been making parents buy clothes from specialist shops rather than high-street retailers, especially PE uniforms, with some schools banning the logos of well known brands.

Suz Gregory, from StoreHouse, said: “We see an increase in people coming into the foodbank during the summer holidays to save money for uniform at the start of term.

"It is important not to let your uniform go to waste in a landfill.”

The uniform giveaways will be held at the Influence Church on Victoria Road, Richmond, on July 31, the Influence Church at Galgate, Barnard Castle, on August 8 and the Baptist Church in Westfield Road, Bishop Auckland, on August 15

All collections will take place between 4pm and 6pm and they are open to everyone.

Donations can be dropped off at StoreHouse locations in Richmond and Barnard Castle.