We are pleased to announce that Caterham School PA has organised a clothes, shoe & soft toy collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for the PA charities.

There will also be a book collection with Delight, a local charity that uses the power of arts-based learning and access to books to improve children’s chances in life. Delight collect pre-loved and new children’s fact and fiction books suitable for children aged 3-11. It couldn’t be simpler; we collect the books and they do the rest! As there has been a Pre-Prep collection already this year, we are concentrating on Key Stage 2 books this time (ages 7-11), although any children’s books are always welcome! We do not raise PA funds with this charity.

Bag2School is the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 it has now paid out over £32 million.

As well as raising vitally- needed funds, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However, it is a fact that as a nation we still send 350,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys (please refer to for full details. A list of accepted donations is included with this letter). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse. Bag2School bags have been given to every pre-prep and prep pupil, senior pupils can pick up a bag from Reception.

If you fill the donation bag and still have more, then you can use any other bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Earlier in the school year we gathered 204 black bin bags of donations! If every child in pre-prep and prep donates at least 1 soft toy, imagine the pile of bags that would be!

Bag2School will be collecting from Caterham School on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May, so the Easter break is an ideal time to sort out donations. Please bring your bag (or bags!) at morning drop off and there will be volunteers available to take your donations and help us have a really good collection. Please keep your books for Delight in a separate bag.

Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.


Bag2School collect

We accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Household curtains
  • Household towels
  • Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)


Bag2School DO NOT accept:

  • Duvets and blankets
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  • Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  • School uniforms with and without logo
  • Corporate clothing and workwear
  • Textile off- cuts, yarns or threaded material


Delight would like

  • Fiction and non-fiction for ages 7-11
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