A charity which provides disadvantaged children with school uniforms has received a helping hand from family housebuilders Mactaggart & Mickel to meet “rocketing” demand for support.

Back to School Bank East Renfrewshire – the first school uniform bank to supply only brand-new clothing and supplies – has been boosted by a £1,000 donation from Mactaggart & Mickel’s Building Communities Fund to meet the needs of struggling families.

The donation has been made at a time when the charity is dealing with more requests than ever for new school uniforms for primary and secondary school children which follow referrals from their schools, local authorities and other support agencies.

Essential items ranging from blazers and shoes to bags and sports kit as well as stationery, hand sanitisers and re-useable facemasks are provided by the charity, which is based at Spiersbridge Business Park, Thornliebank, Glasgow.

Back to School Bank East Renfrewshire founder Sandra Douglas welcomed the Mactaggart & Mickel donation and said:

“We’re hugely grateful for this show of support from Mactaggart & Mickel which demonstrates it is a company with its heart in the right place.

“We exist solely to support families living in situations of poverty and hardship and year on year, we face increasing demand for our help. Mactaggart & Mickel’s show of support means we can rise to these challenges.

“These are worrying times for people who are bracing themselves to cope with cuts to Universal Credit but knowing their children are properly equipped for school, thanks to our supporters like Mactaggart & Mickel, helps take a weight off their shoulders.

“East Renfrewshire is rightly regarded as a lovely, leafy area but there are pockets of severe deprivation with lots of families struggling to deal with growing demands on their household budgets. We do all we can to help mitigate that.”

The donation to Back to School Bank East Renfrewshire is the latest show of support for good causes from Mactaggart & Mickel who have handed out more than £30,000 through the Building Communities Fund.

Joanne Casey, Director at Mactaggart & Mickel, said: “Mactaggart & Mickel have a proud history of supporting people in the communities where we are building new homes, which reflects the company’s family ethos.

“We have always cared deeply about the people in the communities where we strive to make a positive difference, especially where people are hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Mactaggart & Mickel are deeply committed to helping organisations like Back to School Bank East Renfrewshire which benefit people’s lives through our Building Communities Fund. We know their work is more valuable than ever due to Covid-19.”

Mactaggart & Mickel have an established reputation for supporting efforts of projects and good causes with their Building Communities Fund which aims to benefit people’s lives and their communities.

Last year, the company, whose headquarters are in Glasgow and have offices in Cheltenham and London, awarded donations to food banks across Scotland and the South West of England to boost their efforts to support families struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

For details of the Mactaggart & Mickel Building Communities Fund, visit www.macmic.co.uk/bcf.