A GLASGOW primary school has been awarded a £500 cheque to throw their pupils a Christmas party of a lifetime.

St Marnock’s primary in Pollok were thrilled when it was announced their school had won the prize following an online competition at Aspire Academy - a new school uniform business.

More than 50 schools took part before the winner was announced.

This summer Aspire Industrial Service launched its new project to ensure school uniform is affordable for everyone and is of a good quality.

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Claire Donnelly, managing director, came up with the idea when she realised that the number of people in Glasgow relying on school uniform clothing grants in Glasgow was higher than she expected.

She said: “The clothing grant is at an all time high in Glasgow with 30 to 40 per cent of parents using it.

“We decided to expand our business and provide school uniform which is affordable and a good quality as we don’t feel there is anyone else trying to tackle this problem head on.

“When people come into our shop they complain that part of the uniform including blazers, ties and branded polo shirts, are not readily available in local stores.

“I live in the East End of Glasgow and have three kids and my nearest uniform store is in Stirling.

“This can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents who can’t afford to travel further afield to get the right clothes for their children.

“We are hoping to bring Aspire Academy to Braehead Shopping Centre as a pop up.

“It will be more affordable and accessible for parents as there is free parking.”

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Aspire Academy have also set up a free fit and measure service and free home delivery for those unable to collect their items from the store.

Ms Donnelly continued: “It is amazing how much these gestures can help a family get school uniform.

“Clothing grants aren’t usually awarded until August until it is almost time to go back to school.

“By that time many things are sold out. We are hoping to speak to the council on how we can help people in a tight situation. “

Aspire Academy want to be part of something that will make a difference.

They will continue to run competitions throughout the year to ensure children have the best school experience possible.

Claire added: “This is about taking a modern approach to school uniform. I have three children and worked in retail for 10 years so I know how hard it is.

“We will be running more competitions throughout the year. We want to supply a year’s worth of uniform to a family who need it.”