News

14Jul

Lend a helping hand this summer

In increasing times of austerity, it is even more important to support financially vulnerable families.

With it nearing towards the end of the school year, many families have to factor in the added cost of new school uniforms, with some resorting to payday loans and loan sharks resulting in further financial crisis.

This year, we are working in partnership with Sunderland Connect Network and Barclays to lend a hand to those in need this summer. We are collecting unwanted school uniforms and spare food, which will be distributed to those in need and local food banks across the summer.

Our staff, along with the local community, will be donating schools and spare food up until Friday 11 August. Collection bins will also be placed across seven local schools across Sunderland.

Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director of Operations at Gentoo said:

“Our Helping Hands campaign is a great opportunity for us to make a difference in the local community. A huge thank you to our corporate partner Barclays and Sunderland Connect Network who are helping us to lend a helping hand to those who need a little support. We hope that this initiative will inspire people to support others and make a difference.

“We are asking parents to consider donating any unwanted school uniforms they may have. Just because they may no longer fit, doesn’t mean they can’t be worn again. By passing them on, you will make a huge difference.”

School uniform donations can be dropped into collection bins at the following schools: Eppelton Primary, Southwick Primary, Hudson Road Primary, Barmston Village Primary School, Biddick Academy, Hetton Secondary School, Willow Fields Community Primary School.

Items can include:

  • Polo T-shirts/shirts
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • Cardigans
  • Jumpers
  • Coats
  • Shoes
  • Ties
  • P.E Items


If you have any of the above items or even some spare food, and want to make a difference, then please donate to your local Gentoo office up to 11 August 2017.

For further information, please speak to a member of staff.