Bishopbriggs based social enterprise Babes in the Wood is assisting in the back to school rush with free school uniforms available for pupils throughout East Dunbartonshire. With schools set to go back next week, the community interest group has been visited by local MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden Rona Mackay. The news comes after the Herald had previously reported that the Scottish Government’s school uniform grant had helped 2,014 children throughout East Dunbartonshire meet the cost of school attire. Ms Mackay, who has supported the group since her first election to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, continued to praise Babes in the Wood, calling their sustained community support “vital” as we emerge from COVID-19. Commenting, Rona said: “It’s always a complete joy to visit Heather and all the team at Babes in the Wood who continue with their vital, inspirational support to our community. “As we emerge from COVID-19, Babes in the Wood are at the forefront of providing help and assistance to those who need it most. Especially through their free school uniform stock, on hand to all those who need it as we enter the new term of school, they’re ensuring that pupils have the best start in school as we aim to put the disruption of coronavirus in our rear-view mirror. “I’ll never tire of championing them as their local MSP and would encourage everyone throughout Strathkelvin and Bearsden to show their support for Babes in the Wood just as they’ve done for our community in our time of need. Commenting, Founder of Babes in the Wood Heather Royan said: “It was great to welcome Rona again to our hub in Bishopbriggs updating her on our work for the year and showing her our plans for the future. “With schools set to go back next week and with the rising costs of the uniform, we have plenty of stock available for free for anyone who needs it for schools throughout East Dunbartonshire. “We’re grateful for the continued support of Rona and everyone throughout the community at this time. During COVID-19, we helped support those who needed it most and will continue to do so, with donations and help available instore or online.