School collects footwear for 999 charity

THEY'VE GOT SOLE Celeste Payne, six, Louis Thomas, seven, Isabelle Pycroft, seven, Paul Skinner, six, helped collect shoes for a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance appeal

THEY'VE GOT SOLE Celeste Payne, six, Louis Thomas, seven, Isabelle Pycroft, seven, Paul Skinner, six, helped collect shoes for a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance appeal

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FROM waterproof wellies to tiny trainers, pretty pumps to summer sandals, schoolchildren collected scores of shoes for charity.

Pupils at College Park Infant School in Lyndhurst Road, North End, Portsmouth, gathered the bags of footwear for the Re-Use Ya Shoes appeal.

Run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance service, the aim was to collect as many old shoes as possible.

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

Money generated from this goes to the air ambulance charity.

Pupils enlisted the help of family and friends to collect the shoes.

Isabelle Pycroft, seven, a Year 2 pupil, said: ‘The shoes will be for children who don’t have any.

‘We have collected about 300 pairs.’

The school will find out more about the service through a presentation next week.

Louis Thomas, seven, said: ‘The helicopter basically helps injured people and gets them to hospital.

‘It’s a good thing to have.’

The idea to support the cause came from teacher Hannah Jamieson.

Sherie Williams Ellen, charity manager for HIOWAA, said: ‘We’re pleased with the response to our first Re-Use Ya Shoes day.

‘We’ve had a total of 42 schools participating across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

‘It’s been very encouraging to hear children have really got behind a campaign that has taught them about the importance of recycling, and also helping to keep the air ambulance flying.

‘A special thanks to College Park Infant School for their fantastic effort.’

CHANCE TO SEE INSIDE FORMER AIR AMBULANCE

AN AIR ambulance roadshow will stop off in Gosport during an awareness week.

The National Air Ambulance Week runs from September 23 to September 29, and aims to promote the work of the charitable rescue service.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is asking people to get involved by organising fundraising activities.

The roadshow will stop off at the Asda store in Gosport, on Wednesday, September 25.

Volunteers will talk about the service, and people will get the chance to look inside a decommissioned Bolkow 105 air ambulance.

To find out more, visit hiow-airambulance.org.uk

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