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Mum’s fury over cost of £8.50 T-shirt to go on arts course

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Original article from Kent Live

A Sevenoaks mum was asked to pay hundreds of pounds for a performing arts course – before being told to stump up another £8.50 for a mandatory T-shirt.

Environmental activist Carla Oxlade said she had been prepared to pay the £255 bill for the three-day course because her seven-year-old daughter was desperate to go.

But when the organisers told her they couldn’t accept her money unless she bought the T-shirt too she said it was a cost she was not prepared to pay on principle.

“It is not the money but from a climate prospective it is outrageous,” she said.

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“We are a family that really tries desperately hard to buy second-hand – we are in a climate emergency and I really don’t feel like we should have to buy a T-shirt in order to go on a course.”

Mrs Oxlade, 40, of Hitchen Hatch Lane, said her daughter Reenie loved performing on the stage and the Perform course at St Luke’s Church was to have been a treat after a difficult year in lockdown.

“People say it is only one T-shirt but to make one T-shirt takes 2,700 litres of water – not to mention some of the conditions some of the employees are working in, the carbon it takes to get the T-shirt here and the toxic chemicals used which pollute the local environment.

“You can say it is just one T-shirt but it is more than one T-shirt if the company forces you to buy it. It has an impact.”

Mrs Oxlade said there were no guarantees the T-shirt had not come from a factory employing “sweatshop” conditions.

Perform said they did not wish to comment.

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