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Daventry MP opens the town’s first clothes bank

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Daventry’s first clothes bank was officially opened last Friday, 20 September by MP, Chris Heaton-Harris.

The launch at the Abbey Information Centre was attended by agencies and customers of Bromford who were able to take away clothes on the day.

The clothes bank was the brainchild of a former Bromford customer, Mark Kelly, who said: “I was homeless and rummaging in bins for food. It broke my heart to see other young people, especially young mums, doing the same. I saw supermarkets had bins for clothes and the idea of a clothes bank here came to me. It’s amazing that this has happened; it’s good for the community.”

MP, Chris Heaton-Harris said: “We are very lucky that Daventry is fairly wealthy, but poverty can be found in urban and rural areas of the town which is quite surprising. Thanks to Mark and Bromford, this is recycling at its best and it’s great to have this support.”

Katharine Rymell, senior support worker said: “We have had an overwhelming response for clothes donations, so much so that we have had to beg some extra space as there’s not enough room to store everything in our office! We are so grateful for the generosity of the Daventry people.

“If people can still donate, we need more men’s clothes and shoes and children’s clothes age 3-16. Donations can be made at either our support offices at the Abbey Centre or at one of our Drop ins*. Alternatively, we can collect if anyone wants to give us a call 01327 701675.”

*Daventry Drop ins:
Monday – The Abbey, Market Square, 9-5pm.
Tuesday – Weedon GP surgery, 57 New Croft, 2-5pm.
Wednesday – Southbrook community centre, Hood Road, 10-4pm.
Thursday – The Abbey, Market Square, 9-5pm.
Sure Start, Scrivens Hill, Woodford, Halse, 1-3pm
Friday – Daventry library, North Street, midday – 2pm.

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