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Donated items from Sheringham Woodfields put to good use

Pupils and Staff running the school’s charity shop; Woodfields Den; have chosen St Martins to receive surplus stock of bed linen, duvets and other material items.

Pupils and staff wanted to ensure said items didn’t just end up being recycled with other textiles.

Shop Manager, Debbie Ferris, started communicating with St Martins before Christmas to enable this partnership to be formed. She said, “We want our pupils to be able to give back to the community and local area that they live within. It’s great to see so many bags of bedding items being taken off to Norwich to be put into very good use”.

St Martins helps homeless people, and those at risk, by offering them a hand up through housing, support and care. Steve Greensides, who collected the items on behalf of St Martins was overwhelmed by the volume of donations. He said, “These items will now be sorted and prepared ready for winter when our stock levels are always hit hard. These donations will have a real difference this winter”. The single duvets and bed linen are put to use at the hostels and care homes run by St Martins, whose focus is on improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk.

Going forward, Woodfields Den will continue to collect and pass on bed linen to St Martins as well as other items that have been highlighted as in short supply.

Sheringham Woodfields School is a complex needs school located in Sheringham. Woodfields Den is the school’s charity shop which has had a presence within the town centre for the past 7 years. The shop is open Monday – Saturday with pupils supporting and running all aspects of a busy commercial enterprise. Any profits made from the shop are invested back into the school on projects chosen by the pupils.

Left to Right: Debbie (Shop Manager), Jason (Pupil), Steve Greensides (St Martins), Connor (Pupil) and Kerry (Assistant Shop Manager)

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