Mum Gemma pulls her socks up for ‘home­less’

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Leslie Jack­son leslie.jack­[email protected]­

AN AP­PEAL to fill socks for the home­less is at­tract­ing wide­spread sup­port in Leek and across the Stafford­shire Moor­lands.

Mother of four Gemma Iliff first saw the ap­peal on the Help for the Home­less CIC Face­book page and de­cided to take part by fill­ing a pair of socks with items to help peo­ple.

She then put the idea on Face­book and now it has gained strong sup­port from across the area.

Gemma said: “When I saw the idea I just thought I would fill a pair of socks with dif­fer­ent items. I then thought it was such a good idea that I would spread it around some friends and it as now taken off.

“An­other lo­cal par­ent Matt Wall is now help­ing me to run a Face­book page en­ti­tled Fill a Sock Ap­peal and we have now started to get the in­for­ma­tion out.

“It is re­ally easy to help. You just need a pair of new adult socks, long ones are best and fill ei­ther one or both with items. If you are fill­ing both socks please tie them to­gether. If there is only one sock re­mem­ber to also put the other sock in and la­bel ei­ther male or fe­male.

“I thought this was some­thing dif­fer­ent and would help peo­ple in need this Christ­mas. I am go­ing to give a talk on home­less peo­ple at Leek High School.”

Some of the items rec­om­mended to fill the socks are tooth­brush and tooth­paste; roll on de­odor­ant; sweets and choco­late; comb; hand sani­tiser; gloves; hand warmer and san­i­tary items for fe­males.

The socks need to be dropped off at one of the col­lec­tion points which have now been set up by Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18 at: ▶ Wood­croft First School – Leek; ▶ Old Smithy Tat­too Par­lour – Smith­field Cen­tre, Leek;

▶ Duck Feath­ers – Leek;

▶ Lit­tle Stars Child­care Ched­dle­ton;

▶ Lu­nar Lift Off – Ash­bourne; ▶ Hare­gate Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – Leek;

▶ Hart­ing­ton Farm Shop and Cafe – Hart­ing­ton;

▶ The Re­form Inn Thorn­cliffe – Thorn­cliffe.

Once they have been col­lected, all the socks will then be taken to the Help for the Home­less in Chell Heath, who will then dis­trib­ute them to the home­less in time for Christ­mas.

Gemma said: “Please help us get as many peo­ple in­volved as we can. This is not our ini­tia­tive but one we are sup­port­ing so please go check out the Church of the Saviour Chell Heath, Help for the Home­less Face­book page at: www.face­ Help­forthe­home­less.

“They are also try­ing to raise £500 to help the home­less this win­ter, you can check out their page at: justgiv­­fund­ing/ jean­nette-jack­son-1. –

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