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7th Dec, 2021

Appeal by Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop for shelves and flooring for new premises

A COMMUNITY group which has provided thousands of school uniforms to children whose families could not afford them needs help fitting out its new premises.

The Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop has moved into 224 New Road but now needs shelves or shelving units, along with carpet or some other kind of floor covering.

Kristina Murphy, who launched the campaign in November 2018, said: “It is such a relief to have a premises – it’s been such a long time and I can now have my house back.

“We desperately need storage now – it’s a big building and we have plenty of wall space, we just need some shelves to put on there.

“We would be so grateful to anyone who could help us.”

Kristina and her mum Lorraine are busy organising all the uniforms and this weekend a group of volunteers will head down there for some socially distanced sorting.

The group has provided uniforms to pupils of all ages across Rubery, Bromsgrove and Birmingham.

Funding for the rent has come from the Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Kristina said: “It was fantastic to get the grant and the landlord has been brilliant.

“With September not far away we are getting towards our busiest time – we already have a massive waiting list of 200 people and more will want items as the end of the summer holidays gets closer.”

Anyone who can help with shelving or flooring can email Kristina at or visit

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