Winter 2019/2020 UPDATE – Socks for the Homeless

After a fantastic response to our appeal for clean socks 2017 and 2018, for Socks in the City – Sock-it to Sheffield.  WE’RE COLLECTING AGAIN in  Winter 2019/2020 for the Homeless!  

It isn’t about collecting money… WE WANT YOUR SOCKS!

The team at We Fix Feet Podiatry & Foot Healthcare want to inspire people to make a donation of as many warm, clean socks in order for them to be distributed to homeless shelters of Sheffield and Ilkeston/Erewash this winter.

Research from charities providing support to homeless people of Sheffield suggests that socks were one the least donated items, yet one of the most needed.

Homelessness is on rise and is something we face seeing on a daily basis. As the harsh winter months draw nearer, it highlights how much of a terrible time this is for people on the streets of Sheffield and how very cold they will get. Because of the shortage in sock donations, Sheffield’s homeless population is at risk of serious foot disease.  During the harsh winter months, this is the time that will most definitely lead to a rise in preventable illnesses and unfortunately deaths for those living on the streets of Sheffield.

Socks insulate the feet, reducing the risks of serious health complications.  Dark coloured socks are needed as homeless people don’t often get the opportunity to launder clothes.  Dark materials will show less wear, less discolouration and fewer stains, which allows for longer use.

“Helping the Homeless is something close to my heart. I believe if everyone reading this donated just one pair of socks, we could help eradicate the sock shortage and help prevent serious foot disease amongst the homeless. Everyone has a sock drawer and I’m sure one pair wouldn’t be missed, yet your help could make a massive difference to someone in greater need. We live in a great city, so let’s show Sheffield our support for the people who need it most. Let’s Sock-it-to-Sheffield!”– Alison Connell, We Fix Feet

If you would like to donate any socks new or old, please drop off your clean socks to us at We Fix Feet, 28 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP and We Fix Feet, 94 Bath Street, Ilkeston, DE7 8FE.   Sheffield is open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm and Ilkeston is open Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm

Our collection point awaits your kind donation – WE WANT YOUR SOCKS!

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23 Comments

  1. Jean on 03/11/2018 at 2:00

    Is it just mens sock are womens as well please.?

    • We Fix Feet on 09/11/2018 at 2:00

      Pairs of clean socks, whether new or used, any colour or design, men’s or women’s will be gratefully received. Thanks for your support.

  2. Val on 05/11/2018 at 2:00

    Hi is this for 2018?

    • We Fix Feet on 09/11/2018 at 2:00

      After fantastic support received last year (2017), we’ve launched the appeal again for 2018. So, all donations of pairs of clean socks will be gratefully received.

      Thank you for your continued support.

  3. Maz on 28/11/2018 at 2:00

    Sheffield. Is collection box outside or can I post them through the letter box? Will only be in town Monday when you are closed? Thanks

    • We Fix Feet on 28/11/2018 at 2:00

      Sorry Maz, we don’t have a letterbox and the shutters will be closed. You could post them to us, or alternatively if you’re in the area, drop them off at our sister clinics at Ilkeston – Derbyshire or Beeston – Nottinghamshire.

  4. Rachael Dickens on 17/12/2018 at 2:00

    Hi. We will be coming from The Sheffield college Peaks Centre tomorrow morning to drop off some socks. Will you be open for us to deliver them?

    Many thanks

  5. Margaret on 02/01/2019 at 2:00

    have you finished collected socks please as I have quite a few pairs

    • We Fix Feet on 07/01/2019 at 2:00

      Hi Margaret, many thanks for your enquiry about our ongoing “Socks in the City” campaign. We’re continuing to collect clean pairs of socks to be distributed to charities that work alongside the homeless people of Sheffield. We will continue to accept donations up until the end of March this year. We’re more than please to accept your sock donations at our Sheffield We Fix Feet clinic at 28 Union Street, Sheffield S1 2JP. We’re open Tuesday-Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday mornings 9am to 12pm. Thanks again for taking the time to contact us – The We Fix Feet Team. 🙂

  6. brogan on 14/06/2019 at 2:00

    hi I have a bag of women’s socks to donate but see you only take till March. can you still take through the post or know of any other place that will as I can’t find any online. thanks.

  7. Jo Tomalin on 11/10/2019 at 2:00

    Is it still possible to drop off socks at 28 Union St? I have several clean pairs of walking socks from a cupboard clean out.

    • We Fix Feet on 11/11/2019 at 2:00

      Yes – We’re continuing our Socks in the City sock collection at our Sheffield clinic for Winter 2019/20.

  8. Jo Tomalin on 21/10/2019 at 2:00

    Thought I’d commented here before but can’t see it. I have a big bag of walking socks in good condition – are you still taking them?

    • We Fix Feet on 23/10/2019 at 2:00

      Hi Jo,

      thanks for contacting us. Yes – we’ll be running the “Socks in the City” again this year. If you can drop the bag off at our Sheffield clinic, it’ll start our 2019 collection off with a flying start.

  9. James Churcher on 24/11/2019 at 2:00

    Do you know of a charity collecting socks for the homeless in the Milton Keynes area? I have a drawer full of clean, good condition, used men’s socks

  10. Julie Steadman on 09/12/2019 at 2:00

    Hi there.
    I am based in Bedfordshire so cannot make a donation in person, but happy to post up to you.
    Are you able to accept parcels at the Union Street address?

    Thanks – Julie

    • We Fix Feet on 13/01/2020 at 2:00

      Hi Julie,

      you may wish to post your donation directly to the charity we are supporting in Sheffield – I’m sure they will be very grateful:

      The Cathedral Archer Project,
      Sheffield Cathedral,
      Church Street,
      Sheffield,
      South Yorkshire
      S1 1HA

      Here’s a link to their website: https://www.archerproject.org.uk/

      Many thanks,

      Darren, Manager – We Fix Feet Limited.

  11. Katherine on 26/12/2019 at 2:00

    Hi,
    Can I post some pairs to you? I wouldn’t want to cause you problems but I’m quite far away.

    • We Fix Feet on 13/01/2020 at 2:00

      Hi Katherine,
      we are certainly accepting donations via post. However, you may wish to send them directly to the charity we are supporting: The Cathedral Archer Project, Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street,
      Sheffield, South Yorkshire. S1 1HA.

      Here’s a link to the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project – supporting Homeless & Vulnerable people. https://www.archerproject.org.uk/

  12. Anna on 26/12/2019 at 2:00

    Hi, I have some new socks to donate but don’t live in the area – can I send to you in the post? Thanks

    • We Fix Feet on 13/01/2020 at 2:00

      Hi Anna,

      You can certainly sed them in the post to our Sheffield clinic at We Fix Feet, 28 Union Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2JP.
      However, you may wish to contact your local Salvation Army, who may be able to advise a local charity accepting donations of socks for the homeless.

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