Great Sock Appeal Thameslink Image:GTR

Donate a pair of socks on your way to work

Selected homeless charities and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are joining forces this Christmas to provide support for the homeless as the winter frost takes hold.

The new initiative, Great Sock Appeal, will encourage rail commuters to donate a new pair of socks for those sleeping rough over the festive period.

Often overlooked as an unimportant item, for those sleeping rough, a pair of socks is essential for keeping feet warm and dry. Without them, there is great risk of blisters, fungal infections and even trench foot.

Also, it takes just 30 minutes for frostbite to take hold, meaning socks are crucial for surviving the winter.

This basic item of clothing is also responsible for keeping feet healthy, maintaining good circulation and managing diabetes.

Steve White, chief operating officer at GTR, said:

“After speaking to numerous homeless charities we learnt how vitally important a new pair of socks really is for keeping feet warm and dry, and we are delighted to support them in this work.

“Christmas is a time for giving, and all it takes is one pair of socks, less than the price of a coffee, to improve the life of a homeless person this winter. We want to thank our customers and colleagues for their ongoing support for those in need.”

Following on from recent support of WrapUp London, Govia Thameslink Railway continues its campaign to support the homeless this winter with Great Sock Appeal.

In Bedfordshire, the participating charity is NOAH Enterprise and donation collections will take place at Bedford and Luton Stations on 5th December between 7am – 10am.

Luton-based NOAH Enterprise runs a welfare centre all year round and provides hot meals to people who have fallen on hard times. In the last year, NOAH has received 435 new referrals, provided 16,273 lunches, 6,111 breakfasts and 7.472 soups.