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MORE than a tonne of old shoes have been collected in a charity air ambulance appeal.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance held its first Re-Use Ya Shoes event last week, which asked schools to collect as many old shoes as possible.

In total, 42 schools across the county got involved in the campaign, and donated old shoes, football boots, trainers and wellies.

John Perry, chief executive, said: ‘Not only has the campaign raised money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, but it has taught children about the importance of recycling and helped people in countries world wide.

‘We could not have hoped for a more enthusiastic response from participating schools.’

Those involved were asked to see how many bags they could fill and if they could build the highest tower of shoes, with prizes available for the school with the most shoes collected.

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

The charity’s recycling partner Bag It Up is sorting and weighing shoes, a winning school will be announced soon.