Business splashes out on all-weather gear for schools

Two Tunbridge Wells primary schools have been gifted outdoor apparel following local waterproofing solution specialist Nikwax’s partnership with The Outdoor Guide Foundation (TOG).

The Wells Free School and St Barnabas in Tunbridge Wells, along with eight other primary schools in the Weald area have been gifted 10 sets of waterproofs and wellies, courtesy of Wadhurst-based waterproofing solutions specialist Nikwax and TOG, as part of a nationwide Waterproof & Wellies campaign.

This initiative aims to provide essential outdoor gear to children, allowing them to fully embrace the wonders of the great outdoors as part of their daily school activities.

TOG’s Waterproofs & Wellies campaign, co-founded by TV presenter Julia Bradbury and her sister Gina Bradbury Fox, CEO of The Outdoor Guide Foundation, seeks to foster a deep connection between young learners and nature by making the outdoors more accessible.

Gina said: “We are living through a physical and mental health crisis. A third of families whose children attend state primary schools live below the poverty line, and not having the right kit is a very real barrier to children enjoying the benefits of getting and playing outdoors.”

She added: “The Waterproofs & Wellies campaign ensures children have the opportunity to explore, learn and truly enjoy nature, regardless of the weather conditions, by equipping schools with the basics – a waterproof jacket, over trousers and wellies.  Our goal, with the support from businesses like Nikwax, is to gift 10 sets of waterproofs and wellies to every state primary school in the UK – approximately 20,000 of them.”

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