Businesswoman Kate Stewart buys 120 school uniforms for struggling Anfield families, and is urging other businesspeople to do the same.
Kate, who owns The Sandon Complex in Anfield, and regularly supports the local community with OAP days, sponsoring local football teams and organising free football festivals with entertainment for the whole family, has taken her generosity a step further amidst the cost of living crisis.
The mum-of-four, who fell pregnant with her first child at just 16, recalls only too well the days where she personally struggled before becoming an entrepreneur.
Kate said: “The cost of living crisis is crippling people who need help the most and I know that there will be parents who are worrying about affording new school uniforms for their children. I’ve been in that position when my eldest daughter Kaitlin was young and I had to lend money to get her uniform and pay it back weekly.
“With the rising costs of pretty much everything at the moment, uniforms on top of this could push people over their financial edge and the thought of a child going back to school without a uniform is heartbreaking.”
Kate is passionate about helping families in deprived areas within Liverpool, but with her business in Anfield and regularly connecting with parents and children there, she felt compelled to support them before school returns.
She contacted Anfield Councillor Billy Marratt, to see how she could help best and decided to purchase 120 full school uniforms for children in the area.
Kate continued: “Since the Government is doing very little for the most deprived areas, I’m calling on the people in Liverpool, whether you’re a businessowner or can spare some extra cash right now, to take back control and help those who need it. We’ll wait forever for anything from Westminster and in the meantime, children are suffering and going without.
‘If we all pull together, we can help families across the city to make their lives a little easier.”