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Community urged to donate socks to help the homeless

PUBLISHED: 22:17 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 22:20 22 September 2018

(L-R) Yorkshire Building Society colleagues James Paynter, Michelle Wright, Kiran Amin, Jackie Jenkins and Adam Waterfall launch the Socktober campaign Picture: YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY

(L-R) Yorkshire Building Society colleagues James Paynter, Michelle Wright, Kiran Amin, Jackie Jenkins and Adam Waterfall launch the Socktober campaign Picture: YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY

YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY

People in Woodbridge are being urged to donate socks to help those less fortunate get back on their feet ahead of World Homeless Day.

(L-R) Yorkshire Building Society colleagues Kiran Amin, Jackie Jenkins and Michelle Wright showing their support for the Socktober campaign Picture: YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY(L-R) Yorkshire Building Society colleagues Kiran Amin, Jackie Jenkins and Michelle Wright showing their support for the Socktober campaign Picture: YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY

Yorkshire Building Society colleagues in Woodbridge are asking the community to donate new pairs of socks and other essential items – such as interview clothes – to support homeless people across the county.

The society is relaunching its month-long ‘Socktober’ appeal – part of its charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH), to raise awareness of World Homeless Day on Wednesday, October 10.

Residents are encouraged to donate new pairs of socks, toiletries and interview clothes plus other items such as woolly hats, gloves, scarves at the Woodbridge branch on Thoroughfare.

The branch is also asking the public to support Socktober by making a donation to the campaign and posting a picture of themselves online with their favourite socks on October 10 with the hashtag #socktober.

Charly Fisher, manager of the Woodbridge branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “This is our second Socktober campaign and we are hoping to make it as sock-cessful as last year. This year as well as donations of socks, we are also asking for toiletries, interview clothes, woolly hats, gloves and scarves and every single item will go to a homeless person.

“We’re really proud of our partnership with End Youth Homelessness and providing help for young people in need. Thanks to donations from people in Woodbridge and all over the UK we have been able to help 125 young people into their own rented homes.

“The money that is raised funds a bespoke Rent Deposit Scheme which provides young people access to a deposit guarantee home essentials grants and practical help for living independently. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and would ask people to donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/socktober18 or by texting SOCT70 followed by the amount you would like to donate: £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, to 70070.

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