Limavady community association helps needy parents with donated school uniforms

Chairperson of Bovalley Community Association, Diane Broom with some of the donated school uniforms.
Chairperson of Bovalley Community Association, Diane Broom with some of the donated school uniforms.

A community association in Limavady has come up with a way to help parents struggling to buy their children school uniforms by collecting unwanted items of clothing.

Today, (August 12); on Monday, August 15th and on Tuesday, August 16th, from 11am-1pm, Bovalley Community Association will open their doors to allow parents to view clothing and choose what they want, for free.

Bovalley Community Association chairperson, Diane Broom, said she came up with the idea with treasurer, Janice McClay.

“We were sitting one day, just having a chat, and we thought ‘how can we help out?’,” said Diane. “I don’t think it’s ever been done before in this way. We worked with local schools and we have been overwhelmed by the response. There are people out there who are struggling. We hope this helps.”

The array of clothing includes jumpers, skirts, trousers, coats, blazers and tunics for Limavady Central P.S., Drumachose P.S., Termoncanice P.S., and Oakgrove Integrated College. There are also some items for Loreto College, Coleraine, and St Patrick’s College, Dungiven.

“We can’t believe how much we have received. The clothes are as good as new; some look like they’ve never been worn. We want to thank everyone who donated items, including Termoncanice P.S. and Central P.S.. We also want to thank Debbie Varley from Limavady who arranged for donated items to be delivered to her address,” said Diane. “We can arrange alternative times for people to come along to the Community House in Drumachose Park if people can’t make it between 11am-1pm. Contact Diane on the Facebook page Bovalley Community Association.