Do you remember last year when I told you all about the collaboration between Schuh and Newlife, the leading children’s disability charity? To recap, you could take your old shoes into the Sunderland branch of Schuh, who would exchange them for a £10 voucher. The old shoes were then donated to Newlife, who would either sell them or recycle them to raise much needed funds for life saving equipment and support for sick and terminally ill children across the Uk.
The scheme proved to be amazingly successful, with 3,000 pairs of shoes being donated in a four week period. So, the scheme is now being rolled out again and this time stores in more areas are involved. From 21st May to 26th June you can take your old shoes into Schuh branches inAberdeen, Stirling, Belfast, Peterborough, Cheltenham and the Eldon Square Branch in Newcastle.
There is no limit to how many pairs of shoes you can donate, although only one voucher can be used per purchase over £30. The voucher is redeemable until 21st August, so you have plenty of time to treat yourself once you have cleared out all those old, unloved and unworn shoes.
Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, urged shoppers to step lively before the offer ends. She said: Last years promotion raised valuable funds for the charity, helping to fund vital equipment grants for families in need. Overall last year Newlife awarded £1.2million in grants to more than 15,500 children across the UK but we are aware that we must top that in the coming months if we are to meet increased demand. Schuhs generous support is integral to our ability to do this.
Enquiries to our Nurse helpline shot up by a staggering 86 per cent in the first eight weeks of this financial year, compared with the same period in 2010. We have an average of 300 calls a week, with thousands more hits on the charitys website www.newlifecharity.co.uk.
She added: The equipment we provide isnt necessarily the Rolls Royce of its type; often it is just the basic model to meet complex needs. Without Newlife and your help our most vulnerable children wont even be getting access to the basics.
So, what are you waiting for? Get sorting through your shoe clutter and get down to Schuh pronto. To wet your appetite, have a look at the gorgeous shoes you could be spending your voucher on.
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