Around 130 sports hoodies kindly donated by Barsleys department store of Paddock Wood and to be shipped free to Kenya courtesy of delivery company Interparcel are all set for pupils at Aquinoe.
The garments are brand new but the school name on the back proved the wrong size for the original recipients so rather than let them go to waste Richard Barsley, head of the store, offered them to Aquinoe.
Trustee Jean says: “Barsleys have supported us for many years, not least with donating raffle prizes at our annual quiz and this is just another example of their kind backing. We are really grateful.
“We know from past experience just how much pleasure the pupils get from previous sportswear we’ve been able to send across over the years. I’m sure they’ll all be so thrilled.”
The hoodies will be transported in six boxes which would normally cost hundreds of pounds but Crawley-based Interparcel stepped in to ship them free of charge.
Head of pricing Jo Lomax says: “This is a very worthwhile cause so we are delighted to lend our support in getting these supplies to the children.”
Interparcel is a major partner of the world’s best parcel delivery firms and as such delivers to over 200 countries worldwide.
Barsleys, founded in 1891 by Charles Barsley, is a noted family firm and going as strong as ever as the 130th anniversary approaches in 2021.