Tuesday 29th November was #GivingTuesday, was the international day of giving and we launched our #GivingShoesday campaign which highlighted our work in providing protective shoes to those who have a disability as a result of leprosy or lymphatic filariasis. 

The day saw many of you donate, post and share online helping us to let people know who we are and what we do. 

With only £6 we can custom-make and provide two pairs to a person for a year and they often act as a lifeline enabling people to carry on working and providing for their family, allowing them to go to school without fear of stigma and to be comfortable in their daily life.

Show us your shoes

Several celebs joined in our campaign by ‘showing us their shoes’ on social media, including actors Joseph Fiennes and Claire King; former Miss England, Carina Tyrell; and TV presenters Alan Titchmarsh, Linda Barker and Amy Thompson. Comedian Jo Brand also showed her support and Hollywood star, Priyanka Chopra, shared her shoes all the way from NYC. Following in our celebs footsteps many schools and individuals from all over the world also showed their shoes, including some images tweeted from Ecuador and Canada!

Take a little look below at some of our favourite snaps:

Off the back of these great social media posts, many generous folks then went on to donate £1 per every pair of shoes they owned and altogether we managed to raise £211.32 and counting...

Workplaces

We weren't leaving all the fun to be had online thouggh...like many offices, staff in our Colchester office paid £1 to guess how many shoes Sarah, our Chief Executive, owns. It turns out the winning number was 23 and one lucky person won an afternoon tea for two after guessing the answer exactly.

La Baguette, a Colchester sandwich shop, also donated £1 from every Christmas special sandwich they sold and the nearby Barclays branch hosted an information stand for us.

A little message

We are really impressed with all of the amazing support we’ve had from around the world over the last few days and have loved hearing just how many pairs of shoes people own as well as seeing the weird and wacky styles out there.  We’ll keep you updated as the final total comes in but in the meantime we want to say THANK YOU! Without your support we wouldn't be able to provide so many people with a life-changing pair of shoes. You can read more about our work in shoes here.

And if you still want to count those pairs in your cupboard and make a donation, it's not too late. Just click below.

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