Mountain of shoes donated to family charity helping children in Portsmouth put best foot forward
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The mammoth shoe donation from British shoe retailer Russell & Bromley has been sized up and it was found that if every pair of shoes was lined up, toe to heel, they would stretch for more than five miles – the height of Mount Everest.
Jo Toms, chief operating officer of Home-Start Portsmouth, said: ‘The families we support are so grateful for this wonderful donation of shoes. It will make such a difference.’
Russell & Bromley approached the charity asking if they would like the gift of shoes, which range in size from infant to adolescent.
Vivien Waterfield, deputy chief executive of Home-Start UK, said: ‘Families are already benefiting from the impact of this generous philanthropic gift by Russell & Bromley.
‘It is a really tough time for parents right now.
‘Families who would otherwise struggle to afford new shoes, or have to purchase on a buy now pay later arrangement, can enjoy seeing their children wearing a new pair of shoes without any worry.’
A spokesperson from Russell & Bromley said: ‘We pride ourselves in the charity relationships we endeavour to nurture and are delighted that we are able to help Home-Start families in this way and make such a positive impact at the start of this new year.’
To find out more about the work of Home-Start Portsmouth, visit hsportsmouth.org.uk.