With over 15,000 children in Dudley borough living in households where income is classed as being below the poverty line, Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has launched an appeal to help equip some of those school-age children with one of the basic needs of the classroom.
The Pick-Up-and-Pack-a-Pencil-Case-Appeal was conceived in the summer and three local businesses were quick off the mark to help.
Brian Lacey of Alfabet Ltd, based in Bromley Street, Lye, was first to put up his hand, offering 500 free pencil cases for the appeal.
Alfabet Ltd is the UK’s largest pencil case manufacturer, with nearly 30 years of trading. Alfabet website: www.alfabet.co.uk
Second in line came Paul Billingsley of steel roofing sheets supplier, Accord Steel Cladding of Kingswinford, Website: www.steelroofsheets.co.uk/ who donated £250 towards the cost of buying essential pencil case items, such as rules, protractors, sharpeners, rubbers, drawing compasses, felt tip pens and, of course, pencils.
And finally, Brett Harris of Blaze Hairdressers in Kingswinford and a long standing supporter of the Dudley CVS Annual Operation Santa Toy Appeal pledged his time and his staff time to pack the pencil cases.
Eileen Fielding of Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre said, “We very much hope the Pick-Up-and-Pack-a-Pencil-Case-Appeal is successful because it shows the big difference a small donation can make to an under-privileged child. A child who lacks the basic resources they need to fully participate in school life can very quickly feel isolated and disconnected. We have 500 pencil cases to be filled and, ideally, we would like to include a scientific calculator as well, but we will need further financial donations from local businesses and local people to enable us to do that.”
Anyone who wants to make a financial donation or new pencil case items is asked to contact Eileen Fielding at Dudley Council for Voluntary Service in Brierley Hill on 01384 573381.
The Dudley CVS Pencil Case Appeal has been conceived on the back of the annual Operation Santa Toy Appeal that the registered charity has been running for over twenty years. The Pencil Case Appeal also follows on from the success of the Big Meal Deal in 2011 which provided over 6,000 free meals for local under-privileged school children during school holidays.