Socktober providing some warmth for homeless

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Socks can help keep homeless people warm through winter

A Liverpool charity has come up with a creative campaign to collect socks to help keep the homeless warm.

The Whitechapel Centre is encouraging people to wear funky socks during ‘Socktober’ to help raise awareness of the plight of those living on the streets.

Hettie Miles, a campaign fundraiser, said: “One of the main items our clients request is socks and underwear. We’d heard of Stocktober so thought ‘why not Socktober?’ We hand out over 7000 pairs of socks every year.”

Waste management company Gaskells are supporting the campaign and hope to collect 200 pairs of socks by the end of the month. PR manager Claire Hannah said: “It’s a bit of fun. What we’re going through, in the current climate, everyone needs some fun.”

Damian Pruden is a Street Lifestyle support worker who works closely with homeless people. He said: “Socks are important. You lose heat through your feet and can get cold. Especially now, with coronavirus, people are contracting colds and coughs, so it’s very important that we keep warm at least.”

For more information or to donate, visit the Whitechapel Centre’s website

Jorge Capera reports>>>

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