THE Children’s Clothing Bank in Dunfermline has opened premises for public donations officially thanks to the Stephens Foundation.

They have provided the clothing bank with the former Stephens Bakery premises at 21 Chalmers Street in the town centre.

The clothing bank was started by Dunfermline lawyer Craig Smith back in August to help families in need.

It provides clothes to families in Dunfermline and surrounding areas, for children up to and including 18, and hopes to work with the existing clothes bank in Rosyth, which also covers Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay.

The clothing bank have also benefitted hugely from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, who have provided grant funding which has paid for most of their start-up costs, including all storage equipment in the shop and, crucially, shoe vouchers and clothes vouchers which are provided in many clothes parcels.

Trustee Craig said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of both the Stephens Foundation and Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, not to mention the amazing level of support from the general public with both clothes and financial donations.

"We also topped off a successful first week at the clothing bank to hear that our application to the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland had been successful, meaning that our charity’s running costs are now fully funded for the next 12 months, which is just unbelievable news for us.

"This means we can focus our efforts on what our charity was set up for – helping local families who are struggling during these tough times.”

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