Pestalozzi appeals for winter wear

11 November 2013

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling and it seems winter is just around the corner. For many of the young people living at Pestalozzi, this winter will be their first experience of sub-zero temperatures. Pestalozzi students, who come to the charity from much warmer countries like Uganda, Belize, Zimbabwe and Zambia, will be feeling the cold, especially because many of them arrive without any clothing suitable for an English winter.

After a successful appeal last year, we are once again asking for donations of winter woollies for our students. Pestalozzi’s Student Programme Officer, Victoria Wilson, says, "We were delighted with the generous response from the local community last winter, which helped us find coats, hats, gloves, warm socks and scarves for many of our students. We have around 20 new students this year, so we’re asking once more for donations. As well as winter coats, gloves, and so on, many of our students need sturdy shoes, so if you have a clean, good quality pair that you no longer need, please do bring them along to Pestalozzi.”

"Our students are between 16 and 19 years old, and come in all shapes and sizes, from quite tall to very petite,” Vicky adds, "so the more people and families who donate, the better! If there’s anything left over we can keep it for next year or recycle it through our charity textile bank. Everything goes to a good cause.”

You can drop off clean clothes to Pestalozzi reception from 9am to 5pm weekdays: Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF. Those unable make it during business hours can call 01424 870444 to arrange an alternative drop off time.

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