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Swap Shack

Published: 12th June 2023

The Friends of Westfield officially opened the ‘Swap Shack’ last week at Bourne Westfield.  The swap shack is our exciting, new, money saving and planet kind project. Parents at Westfield can visit the Swap Shack situated on the school grounds. The Swap Shack allows all members of the school community to swap items between them; items are always free. The Swap Shack will always be open and accessible at drop off/pick up time. People do not need to donate an item to take an item and are able to take what they need when they need it. The real focus is on ensuring that all children have access to items needed for school, be it uniform, coats, shoes, wellies or even clothing suitable for school trips where children have to dress for a specific occasion.  These items can sometimes be expensive and only needed once so it’s great to be able to access this for free.

The Friends are incredibly grateful for all the support they have had to bring this idea to life. A huge thanks to Bourne & District Round Table, Branch Bros and BJC Electrical & Solar – they just couldn’t have done it without them!

Jo Challinor and Amanda Nightingale, co-Chairs of the Friends commented, “It has been amazing to see this vision come to fruition.  We are so grateful for the support we have received and look forward to seeing this venture go from strength to strength.”

Headteacher, Kate Atkinson, added, “We are conscious of the financial pressures on families at this time and wanted a way to ensure equity for all.  The friends of the school have done an amazing job getting the Swap Shack up and running.  We can’t thank them enough!”

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