Pair take steps to aid needy children
UNWANTED footwear can now be recycled at a new shoe bank installed at an Ashford business to support a children’s charity.
Podplus podiatry clinic and shop, based at the Julie Rose Stadium, collects old shoes for the Variety Club Children’s Charity.
Young Entrepreneur Kate Austen, 24, who with her brother Tom, 26, started the business two years ago, found that many customers just threw away their old shoes.
Now these shoes are sold to companies in the Third World who repair or refurbish them for further use.
“We began taking old trainers from our customers in a recycling bag in the shop,” said Kate.
“This became so popular that the Variety Club was happy to award us with our very own ‘shoe bank’ which we now have positioned in the car park at the stadium.
“Anyone can drop off their old or unwanted shoes and know that they will be put to good use and help people less fortunate than ourselves.”
The Variety Club Children’s Charity helps sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.
Kate and Tom Austen with the new shoe bank