SCHOOL SHOES FUND
There are 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s about nine in every class of 30 children. Since lockdown began, nearly two million people have applied for financial help from the Government, which means that more people than ever are in need of our help. The families hit hardest have been those unable to work from home during the lockdown. It often means that money for things like shoes, which were once deemed everyday and affordable, are now increasingly becoming an unaffordable ‘luxury’ for far too many.
Due to rising poverty levels, it is estimated that 1.7 million kids will attend school in badly-fitting, unclean and incorrect clothing.
Last year, as part of our Toe to Toe initiative, more than 650 schools across the UK donated their school shoes for us to give out to kids who need them. This year, due to the lockdown, those donations will be delivered to us later than usual and the new academic year will have already started. This means that many families will be faced with the awful prospect of choosing whether they should buy school shoes and uniform or buy food and pay bills, as they can’t afford both.
We want to ensure that we have a supply of school shoes ready to distribute to those who need them most, in the run-up to the start of the new school year. So, we’re fundraising to buy new school shoes to give those families a helping hand. We have supplier contacts nationwide who can offer us a discounted rate on school footwear, so the more money we raise, the more pairs we can buy. But we need the public’s help to be able to do that.