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Benenden offers support to Wood Street Missions School Uniform Project

14th August 2015

Wood Street Mission, a Manchester-based children’s charity have received financial support from health and wellbeing provider Benenden to help with their new initiative, SmartStart.

The charity launched SmartStart this month with the aim of helping local families meet the costs of going to school. SmartStart provides school clothes, coats, sports kit and stationery to struggling families, aiming to break the cycle of poverty.

The donation by Benenden will directly go towards paying for school uniforms for young people in the Manchester and Salford area.

Nicola Taylor, Communications Co-ordinator at Benenden said: “When we heard about the excellent work the charity does we were eager to do something to help. Supporting struggling families with the cost of school equipment and clothing is a fantastic idea – it can be highly stressful to be faced with the mounting costs of a new school year and this initiative can really help to alleviate some of that worry for families in the area.

“This is part of our overall community relations work where we look to support organisations around the country who are helping to make a difference locally.”

Roseanne Sweeney, Chief Executive at Wood Street Mission said: “SmartStart is a vital source of support to families struggling to cope financially with the demands of the new school year. Every year we help provide thousands of school uniforms to children and teenagers so they can fit in with their peers and want to achieve at school.

“It’s been fantastic to get this support from Benenden which will help to make a real difference to how many families we can assist this year.”

Wood Street Mission continue to accept donations throughout the year for SmartStart. Please visit their website for more information on how to get involved.

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