Homeless people to be helped by Yorkshire Building Society’s Socktober campaign

Post a picture online with your favourite socks on October 10 with the hashtag #socktober
Post a picture online with your favourite socks on October 10 with the hashtag #socktober

A month-long Socktober campaign run by Yorkshire Building Society colleagues in Worthing will encourage members of the community to donate new pairs of socks and other items to help support homeless people.

The campaign is part of the society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness and to raise awareness of World Homeless Day on Wednesday, October 10.

Worthing branch manager Lewis Risdon-Stapley said: “This is our second Socktober campaign and we are hoping to make it as sock-cessful as last year. This year as well as donations of socks, we are also asking for toiletries, interview clothes, woolly hats, gloves and scarves and every single item will go to a homeless person.

“We’re really proud of our partnership with End Youth Homelessness and providing help for young people in need. Thanks to donations from people in Worthing and all over the UK we have been able to help 125 young people into their own rented homes.

“The money that is raised funds a bespoke rent deposit scheme which provides young people access to a deposit guarantee, home essentials grants and practical help for living independently. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and would ask people to donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future.”

Through the course of the society’s three-year partnership with the charity it aims to raise £750,000.

Charlotte Milner, senior corporate partnerships officer for End Youth Homelessness, said: “Every year 86,000 young people are homeless in the UK. Through our partnership with Yorkshire Building Society we are not only supporting homeless young people into their own rented homes, we are also aiming to break down the barriers that homeless young people face.”

Donate online at www.justgiving.com/socktober18 or text SOCT70 followed by the amount you would like to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

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