Wearside pupils donate uniforms to children in Africa

From left, Aaron Heron, ten, Danny Rose, ten, Elif Demirel, ten and Lisa Riddell of The Box Youth Project.
From left, Aaron Heron, ten, Danny Rose, ten, Elif Demirel, ten and Lisa Riddell of The Box Youth Project.
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Children in Africa in need are set to benefit from new school uniforms thanks to the generosity of a city school.

Pupils from New Silksworth Academy have donated more than 500 items of unworn uniform to school children in Gambia.

The perfect recycling solution for all the clothing

Joanne Beavers

Jumpers, t-shirts, PE kits, cardigans, coats, book bags and shoes were all collected from the academy by Sunderland-based charity, the Box Youth Project, to send to schoolchildren in the poverty stricken Gunjar region of Gambia.

New Silksworth Academy opened in September following the amalgamation of New Silksworth Junior School and New Silksworth Infant School, which were next door to each other in Blind Lane.

Acting assistant headteacher, Joanne Beavers, said: “This meant that we had a surplus of old stock uniforms in our school shop that had never been worn and that we really didn’t want to see go to waste.

“I’d heard about the work of the Box Youth Project in Sunderland and thought that they would be the perfect recycling solution for all the clothing as part of their Project Gambia Appeal.”

The seven boxes of uniforms will form part of a shipping container of donated equipment from schools across the North-East, including desks, chairs, books, stationery and sporting equipment, which will travel to Gambia in January.

Once there the Box Youth Project workers and volunteers will distribute the contents to local schools.

Lisa Riddell, of the Box Youth Project, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from New Silksworth Academy.

“Children in Gambia are so eager to learn and be in school, but many of their parents can’t afford to buy suitable clothes for their children to wear.

“They will be absolutely delighted with their smart new brightly coloured uniforms and book bags.”

New Silksworth student Danny Rose, ten, said: “I’m really pleased that children in Gambia will be able to wear our old schools’ uniforms and that all of the clothes aren’t going to waste.

“It feels good to be able to help other children that don’t have as much as we do.”