Pair take steps to aid needy chil­dren

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ROUNDABOUT - by Clare Mul­grew

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.

Re­pair

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.

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Kate and Tom Austen with the new shoe bank

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