Keystore lends kids a hand

Stores distribute back to school kits

Colette Gilliland of KeyStore More, Hardgate, with some school essentials

KEYSTORE retailers across Scotland have been pitching in to help parents get their kids back to school.

Retailers distributed free school bags and stationery essentials to help local children in need as they returned to primary school for the first time since March.

KeyStore back to school packs included a Converse school bag, pencil case, pencils, eraser, ruler and a calculator – as well as a KeyStore-branded water bottle.

The back to school packs were funded through KeyStore’s local community fund.

Nick Hannah, director at Glasgow-based KeyStore wholesaler JW Filshill, said: “Our stores are located in the heart of local communities where not every child is in a position to get a new schoolbag or stationery before returning to school.

“We sourced fantastic Converse rucksacks, filled them with these important items to help get kids ready to restart lessons after lockdown, and gave them to retailers to hand out to the parents of those they know would appreciate a helping hand at this time.

“In recent months our retailers have really stepped up to serve their local communities by making their stores, staff and customers safe, following the official government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene confidence measures.

“As we continue to ease out of lockdown and Scotland’s children return to school after an enforced break, we’re delighted to help.

“We are continuing to support more communities with this initiative and will continue to do so in the future.”