Remember in May I told you about the super scheme running between Schuh and Newlife? To refresh your memory, this was the scheme that encouraged ‘Kind Soles’ to donate their old, unwanted and unloved shoes to 6 Schuh stores nationwide. In return for their shoes, fashionistas would receive a £10 voucher that could be put towards a new pair of shoes! The shoes were then passed onto Newlife to be resold and recycled.
The scheme ran from 21st May to 26th June. The amazing news is that nearly 6,000 pairs of shoes were donated. This was more than double the amount donated in a similar initiative that was trialed in Sunderland last year, raising a total of nearly £4,700 to support disabled and terminally ill children across the UK.
This is fantastic news for Newlife, who provide a range of specialist equipment and care to sick children all across the country. The equipment needed doesn’t come cheap, here are some examples of the cost of equipment that can enhance the life of those Newlife work so hard to support.
Powered wheelchair: £2,500 – £20,000
Safespace: £2,500 – £10,000
Specialist bed: £250 – £8,000
Buggy: £180 – £3,500
Specialist car seat: £400 – £2,500
Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “This is a fantastic result. We were pleased with last year’s result but this year’s initiative has blown us away. These valuable funds will help to fund vital equipment grants for families in need. Last year Newlife awarded £1.2million in grants to more than 15,500 children across the UK but we need to top that up in the coming months to meet the increased demands from families. Schuh’s generous support is integral to our ability to do this. Enquiries to our Nurse Helpline have shot up by a staggering 73 per cent compared to this time last year and we have an average of 300 calls a week, with thousands more hits on our website.
Well done to everyone who donated shoes to this vital campaign. If you are interested in finding out more about Newlife, please visit the link below.
Information on the charity can be found at www.newlifecharity.co.uk or the trading company at www.newlifetrading.co.uk. For further advice from the Newlife Nurse Services, call 0800 902 0095.
- Newlife and Schuh team up again for ‘Sell your Soles’. (fashion-mommy.com)