Connect: Kids Love Clothes

Kids Love Clothes have been short-listed to become the latest recipients of funding from Scotmid’s Community Connect – potentially being awarded up to £15,000 by members to fund a key project.

Launched in 2017, Community Connect enables Scotmid members to award good cause groups in their local area with a share of £25,000, generated via the sale of single use carrier bags.

In Scotmid’s East Member Region – encompassing Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians – Kids Love Clothes, Community One Stop Shop and Street Assist are the good cause groups, who have been short-listed by a Scotmid member selection panel to receive funding of either the top award £15,000 or two runners-up awards of £5,000.

Scotmid members collect votes by swiping their Community Connect card after every in-store purchase and then cast their votes for their preferred good cause group either in-store or at Scotmid’s East Region Annual General Meeting at Murrayfield Stadium in April 2020.

Ratho-based Kids Love Clothes is an entirely volunteer-led charity who take donations of clothes from local people across the Edinburgh area.

They work via referrals from health visitors, midwives and social workers and for every referral they receive they provide a wardrobe’s worth of clothes for each child.

Kids Love Clothes plan to use the Community Connect funding to purchase much-needed clothing for children and young people that urgently require them.

Kids Loves Clothes Trustee Julie Diver Thomson said: “We’re pleased and honoured to be shortlisted for Scotmid Community Connect funding. Kids Love Clothes gives a wardrobe worth of quality, donated clothes to every child who needs it, in the EH postcode area.

“We are entirely volunteer-led, and our resources are stretched to their limits in the winter months, with a huge rise in referrals. Any funding received will help us buy winter coats, pyjamas, fleeces and underwear, to add to our giftbags, ensuring no local child has to go without.”

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