School uniform shop hits ambitious fundraising target

Susan Jarah at the School Shop

Susan Jarah at the School Shop - Credit: Archant

A second-hand school uniform shop in St Ives helping to raise money for nearby schools has already smashed its 12-month fundraising target of £1,000.

The School Shop, in Cromwell Mews, took just seven months to hit the mark, and, after starting with just two schools, now has 12 signed up to help the effort.

The scheme works by collecting good quality, second-hand uniforms from children at the participating schools and selling them on to other pupils.

Half of the profits are then given back to the schools.

Susan Jarah, owner and former teacher, said: “Often when a child leaves their school or outgrows their uniform parents end up throwing the uniform away.

“I identified a real need for parents to have a means of being able to donate their unwanted uniform as well as having somewhere to buy affordable second-hand uniform.”

The School Shop stocks uniforms for St Ivo School, Wheatfield Primary School, Swavesey Village College and Westfield Junior School, to name but a few, and also sells stationery, gum shields, football boots, revision guides and planners.

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The shop is open Monday to Thursday from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, and all day on Saturdays.

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