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27th Oct, 2021

Founder of Rubery Schools Community Swap Shop launches fund-raising drive for new base

Harry Leach 22nd Nov, 2019

THE FOUNDER of Rubery Schools Community Swap Shop is trying to raise £20,000 to launch her popular operation elsewhere.

Kristina Murphy runs the school uniform-drive from her own home but admits she is running out of space, describing it as a ‘ticking time bomb’.

Over the last few months Kristina has distributed hundreds of free shirts, trousers, blazers, shoes and coats to schoolchildren across Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

“It is fantastic we are doing so well and struggling families are using us, but now we need a much bigger storage site due to the volume of clothes coming in.

“You can barely see the floor in my house because there are so many bin bags.

“We started off by storing them all in one place, which was fine at first because you can just, kind of, close the door on it, but now they are in every room.”

Kristina quit her job to run the swap shop full-time alongside her mum Lorraine.

The pair have set up a GoFundMe page to raise enough cash to ensure the shop runs for at least another two years.

To donate visit – www.gofundme.com/f/birmingham-swop-shop-shop.

Kristina has also praised and thanked everyone involved in the coatathon which took place on November 2 at St Chad’s Church in Rubery.

The event was aimed at providing coats for those who needed them to ensure they stayed warm this winter.

After it 196 coats were handed out and 100 pairs of shoes found new feet.

More than 70 other winter items including gloves and tights were given out.

There was also £1,051 raised towards a new premises for the scheme.

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