Students in Year 10 collected enough money to buy more than 230 pairs of socks for people who attend a night shelter in Derby.
The socks were handed over to Derby City Mission, which provides safe accommodation and a substantial meal for up to 35 guests each night during the coldest months of the year (December-March).
The money to pay for them was collected by each form in Year 10 during tutor time. Students were asked to put small change into a sock and the money raised was used to buy 238 pairs of socks.
Student Chloe Ridgers said the night shelter was a great cause to support.
She said: “Every year we have a different charity to support and this year the night shelter was chosen. I think it’s a really good cause to support. Each form in Year 10 donated money and that was then used to buy the socks. We did it every day from October and we were just asked to donate small change. We were told about the night shelter in form time. It’s good to know that we’ve helped people who are a part of our local community.”
Alex Dann, from the night shelter, thanked students for the donation.
She said: “Seven different churches in the city join together to run the night shelter. We take donations of food, socks and hats for our guests. It’s good to see young people taking action and making a difference to their community. Often people who come to us have wet feet and to be able to change into a clean, dry pair of socks helps to keep their feet healthy. We also accept cash donations as it costs £137,000 every year to run the night shelter.”
Head of Year 10, Mrs Molumby, thanked students for their support for the Warm Feet for Winter campaign.
She said: “This was a fantastic effort by our Year 10 students who have hopefully helped to make a difference to people who attend the night shelter. Well done to everyone involved.”
For more information about how you can support the night shelter visit https://www.derbycitymission.org.uk/homeless