An initiative to give free coats to families in need is now up and running and starting to give out clothing.
The Coats for Kids scheme, a partnership between six local primary schools, the new Co-op Community Space, the Lions Club and churches, will be based at the Co-Op Community Space in Ham Road, Shoreham, from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Anyone in need of a warm winter coat can come and choose from coats in a range of different sizes, suitable for children between four and 11 years old.
The scheme is aimed at struggling families on benefits or low incomes – but volunteers assure that no questions will be asked.
Reverend Jane Bartlett, assistant curate at St Mary de Haura church and The Church of the Good Shepherd, said: “There are real pockets of poverty in Shoreham.
“The price of a winter coat, especially for a larger family, is worrying for some parents.”
More than 150 coats were donated during a collection earlier this year, a response Reverend Bartlett described as ‘amazing’ and ‘generous’.
These have now been washed and sorted and are ready for people to collect.