Donation drives support for The Backpack Project

A van gifted to us by Arnold Clark will be used to collect backpacks from around Scotland – we will then send them 7,000 miles from our warehouse in Glasgow to schools in Malawi.

The van will pick up donations to The Backpack Project, our campaign which encourages schools, workplaces and other groups to give their old bags - filled with pencils, notepads and school clothes – to children in Malawi. It is expected that 40,000 backpacks will be donated this year.

Adam Clark, Group Business Sales and Development Director at Arnold Clark, said: “Arnold Clark is delighted to support Mary’s Meals, and help the charity continue its great work. It’s amazing to think that backpacks collected from schools around the UK in this van will soon be starting their journey to Malawi to help children with their education there.”

Pupils from St. Andrew's and St. Bride's High School in East Kilbride celebrated the arrival of the new van to our warehouse in Glasgow. 

Daniel Adams, Executive Director of Mary's Meals UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Arnold Clark for the generous donation of a van. It will travel far and wide, collecting backpacks to be sent from our Glasgow warehouse to the children we feed in Malawi.

“A bag filled with school essentials is a wonderful gift because it ensures these children can get the most out of their education, giving them a ladder out of poverty and the chance of a better future.”

Mary’s Meals can collect group donations of backpacks from schools, workplaces and groups across the UK. Find out more about The Backpack Project.

Many children receiving Mary’s Meals don’t have basic learning tools such as pencils and notepads.