Thousands of items of old school uniform have been donated to African children by pupils from Hampton High.
When school leaders and governors decided to give pupils a smart new look, youngsters decided not to let their old uniform go to waste.
With the support of the school PTA they helped to set up a recycling operation to sort through, collect and pack thousands of items of donated school jumpers, T-shirts, hoodies, cardigans and trousers.
The school teamed up with Twickenham based education charity Project Le Monde to have items shipped to schoolchildren at Greenway High School in Uganda.
Last week, pictures of the students sporting the uniform were sent to the school along with a thank you from the headmaster.
Julie Laws from Hampton High’s PTA said:
“When our school decided to change uniform I thought it would be a great opportunity to help project Le Monde.
“There was a huge amount of uniform donated- around 50 black sacks weighing 300kg went out to Africa. Some of these children literally have no clothing.
“We are really grateful to our pupils for helpingto sort and pack the items and of course all those who donated.
Project Le Monde is such a wonderful charity that helps the neediest children in Kampala.”
Hampton High Headteacher Rebecca Poole said:
“This project represents a fantastic opportunity for our students to make a significant positive change to the lives of young people in need of support.
“The role of education goes beyond what we can teach young people in the classroom. This initiative has given our students the opportunity to experience first hand how important it is to become responsible global citizens who are engaged and committed to being a force for social change.”