The children of St Augustine's Catholic Primary School in Downend have been wearing their brand new school uniform with pride since September but the question was asked... what do we do with the old blue uniform?
Well, as luck would have it, at that same time Downend resident, Martyn Poole was planning to buy sweatshirts to take to Haven Home, an orphanage in India that he, his family and friends visit once a year and have supported through St Augustine's Parish and School for over 10 years.
Haven Home had a school built and named after St Augustine's back in 2010 following a massive fundraising year and many local groups, communities and individuals have supported Haven Home through Martyn ever since. Martyn said "The children are receiving an education in a safe, clean environment meaning that although they well never be rich it will keep them out of poverty and improve their lives no end. The children were so delighted and proud of their new uniform which will help them while they experience cold mornings and evening in Winter. Although it is very warm for us visitors at this time of year, the children are shivering, waiting for the sun to rise to warm them up."
The school, PTFA and parents of St Augustine's in Downend collected over 100 of the old blue items meaning every child had a jumpers or cardigan to wear. Plus, the people of Downend have donated more money this winter so that the girls can have matching leggings to complete the winter uniform.
Mr Moore, Deputy Head of St Augustine's School said "We are delighted to have this opportunity to help our sister school once again and for our children to learn directly about giving and sharing, especially as it is in keeping with our school values of Service, Responsibility and Respect."