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Clothes bank partnership as donations pour in

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Following the launch of Daventry’s first clothes bank in September, Bromford has been so overwhelmed with generous donations that it has partnered with Northampton Hope Centre for the homeless and disadvantaged to store the deluge of items at its premises, Oasis House, in Northampton.

Karen Clarke, senior support worker for Bromford’s Daventry team said: “We are so grateful to Hope for helping us out with much needed storage! As Northampton is 14 miles away from here, we will pay for a return bus fare for anyone wanting to get to and from Oasis House which is only a five minute walk from the bus stop.

“We are still looking for donations and would ask the public to continue to bring items to the Abbey centre in Daventry. Clothes will be sorted out and any unsuitable garments will sold for rags and the money used to pay for transport costs – and we can accommodate different modes of transport according to individual need.”

The Hope Centre is not a children’s organisation so only adult clothes are available there. Karen continued: “We are still stocking some clothes at the Abbey, mainly interview outfits, but will also keep a small collection of children’s clothes.”

Catherine Maryon of Hope Centre said: “This is a great initiative by Bromford in Daventry and we’ve agreed to waive our usual small charge for clothing for needy cases referred by Bromford. We also offer a programme of training and activities, including cookery classes, health and wellbeing sessions and numeracy and literacy support. We can also help with job applications and at the moment we’re working with Royal Mail to refer our clients to guaranteed interviews for seasonal work for Christmas.”