A WONDERFUL new scheme has launched in Stroud to help families. 

Inspired by the pay what you feel pantry’s at community hubs across the area, Tesco community champion Julie Sarahs decided to set up Stroud Community Costumes CIC. 

Through the scheme, families in Stroud can hire costumes on a donation basis for events such as World Book Day, Comic Relief, Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Halloween, Christmas jumper day and Prom. 

All items hired are on a donation basis -  pay if you can-pay what you feel by cash or card.  

Julie Sarahs said: "We gratefully receive clean wearable donations of dressing-up costumes and occasional wear for young people and children.

"Donations can be made throughout the year plus at our pop-up events and at our drop-off locations at Cashes Green Community centre and the ticket office at Stroud Subscription Rooms. 

"If any local retailers would like to offer donations of goods or services for prom like hair cut, nail extensions, dry cleaning, taxi, please get in touch.

"These donations would be offered through referral from our local secondary schools."

Cashes Green Community Centre is hosting children’s costume events today, Friday, February 23 and on Friday, March 1 between 2pm and 4.30pm. 

J Rool in Stroud has also agreed to host the pop-up prom shop which will be open between March 25 to March 28 and from April 2 - 4 between 11am and 4pm.