Hampshire schools encouraged to build shoe towers for a charity

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OLD school shoes, football boots, trainers and wellies are being collected to help an air ambulance charity.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) is launching its Re-use Ya Shoes campaign in schools across the county.

Instead of binning old school shoes, the charity is asking people donate them and help raise funds for the service.

The condition of the shoes does not matter, all will be recycled.

The items are sold on through reputable traders in other countries, or if they are in really bad condition they can be used for parts to repair other footwear, so nothing is wasted.

Volunteers will visit schools on Thursday, September 12, to collect the shoes.

The charity is also asking children to fill as many bags as they can, and build a tower of shoes to see which school can get the highest tower for a prize.

John Perry, chief executive of HIOWAA, said: ‘We are trying to get as many schools involved as possible this year and to collect a record number of shoes.

‘This is a worthwhile cause because your donations are not only helping the air ambulance, but also helping people in countries worldwide.

‘We appreciate all the donations we receive and everything.’

For more information about Re-use Ya Shoes, visit hiow-airambulance.org.uk.

Or call the office on (02380) 333377 to request a special green bag.