A SOUTH Molton charity shop has gone to the top of the class with a credit-crunching school uniform initiative. The town s Rotary Shop has joined forces with South Molton Community Infant School to offer parents the chance to buy nearly new school jumpers

A SOUTH Molton charity shop has gone to the top of the class with a credit-crunching school uniform initiative.

The town's Rotary Shop has joined forces with South Molton Community Infant School to offer parents the chance to buy nearly new school jumpers, coats, PE kit, trousers and skirts without breaking the bank.

The shop already stocks a range of items and all the proceeds from the joint community venture will go to help worthy causes in the town.

"It's a win-win situation for everyone and ties in well with the recycling and sustainability ethos of the school," said South Molton Community Infant School head teacher Pat Fewings.

"It's all about putting the community in the school and the school in the community and I'm sure it will be a big hit with parents of children at the school; I've already had some ask me about school uniform for new starters next September and would encourage parents to donate any items their children may have outgrown."

South Molton firm Maritime Motifs has offered to make any alterations to the clothes or to embroider initials for a small charge.

Rotary shop manager and former Mayor of South Molton Helen Macintosh, added: "This is a super opportunity that is sure to bring even more people into the shop.

"In the 10 months the shop has been open, we have given £5,000 back to worthy causes in the town and we really appreciate the opportunity the infants' school has given us to raise even more money for local charities."

South Molton Rotary Club president Barrie Lewis-Ranwell said the shop had already donated profits to the town's football and rugby clubs; the Memory Café; St John Ambulance cadets, the volunteer bureau; South Molton Health Centre; and local band the Honeytones.

He said that due to the success of the shop, the Rotary Club needed more causes in the town to come forward for donations.

"Each month we are always looking for community groups in need of financial assistance so if you think we can help you, stop by the shop or drop us a line and tell us how.

"The shop is supported by so many local people and the proceeds all go back into the local community.