Homeless people in Wigan and Leigh will have warmer feet thanks to patients and staff at SSP Health’s GP practices across the borough.
In summer, the doctors’ surgeries launched their first SSP Sock Appeal to give homeless people dry, clean socks this winter.
Around 400 pairs of socks were collected from SSP Health’s 14 practices across the borough and donated to The Brick charity, which will distribute them over the coming months.
Practice Manager Claire Doherty had the idea for the campaign after speaking to her aunt, Wendy Doherty, who works for the homeless charity.
Claire explained: “Wendy says that while they do get some very generous donations of clothing at The Brick, they receive very few socks. People who live on the streets find it difficult to keep their feet warm and dry, so I thought we should help. After all, everyone deserves warm feet.”
As well as providing homeless shelters, The Brick provides training, employment opportunities, skills coaching and social opportunities for rough sleepers.
Claire said: “The Brick is such a wonderful organisation, which offers a lifeline to people who find themselves homeless and also gives them the right support to help them turn their lives around.”
The charity has now pledged to work with SSP Health on several other initiatives designed to improve the lives of homeless people.
Wendy, The Brick’s Training and Resource Manager, said: “We are really grateful to all the people who donated to the SSP Sock Appeal. They socks are very much needed and this amount will help us get through the winter period.”
Pictured are Wendy and Claire with colleagues from The Brick and SSP Health.