youngsters have been packing their bags for school – but not with pens, books and calculators.
Boldon School in Boldon Colliery held a textile donation collection as part of the Bag2School fundraising scheme.
Children and staff were given blue bags to take home and fill with clothing, bedding, blankets, curtains, soft toys, shoes and accessories.
These items were then collected by Bag2School, which pays 50p per kilo – £500 per tonne – to schools, clubs and charities for their unwanted goods.
Clare Turnbull, inclusion centre manager at the New Road School, said: “This is the first time our school has had an event like this, and our staff, students and their families have again done us proud.
“Not only does this event raise funds for our school, it has given us an opportunity to help our young people become more socially aware of the need to recycle and be more environmentally friendly.
“The collection was a great success, and we will receive confirmation of the amount raised in four to six weeks, when we receive our cheque and a certificate of participation.
“The school will hold another collection in September, when we can include our new intake of Year 7 students.”
Bag2School collects unwanted textiles in good condition which are then sold on to export markets worldwide.
It operates throughout the UK, and since 2001, it has paid out more than £15m to participants, including schools, colleges, nurseries and playgroups.
They also work with cubs, scouts, brownies, guides and a range of sports clubs, from football clubs to martial arts, dance groups and horse riding clubs.