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A new charity is helping families save money when youngsters need to dress up for a special occasion.

Julie Sarahs is the manager of Community Costumes: “I was inspired to create this charity in dealing with so many charities and community groups through my work as the community champion at Tesco in Stroud. 

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Julie Sarahs.

“To support families in our community, reduce spending and encourage sustainable clothing the dressing-up box at community costumes is available for the dates that you regularly need a costume for your children.

“Our regular dates will cover World Book Day, Comic Relief, Children in Need, Halloween, Christmas jumper day and Prom. 

“We gratefully receive clean wearable donations of dressing-up costumes for young people and young children, donations can be made throughout the year and at our pop-up events and at our drop-off locations. 

“In February we ran an appeal for children’s dressing up costumes and had an overwhelming response of over 80 outfits donated! We had a pop-up hire event at Christ Church in Nailsworth offering those costumes to borrow for World book day and Comic Relief.

“Our Prom appeals in April and May have been generously supported by Archway School, Marling school, Stroud Subscription Rooms and Cirencester Agricultural University. We have received more than 60 Prom outfits for young people to borrow; encouraging sustainable clothing and reducing spending.”

The charity held a pop-up “hire” event on Thursday at Stroud Old Town Hall, where clothing and accessories could be borrowed for free or on a pay as you feel-pay if you can donation by cash or card.

For more information visit the Facebook page or email communitycostumes.julie@gmail.com

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