‘Sock it to us’, say building society staff

Getting ready for the Yorkshire Building Society Socktober campaign are, from the left, Claire Byrne, Natalie Butterworth and Adam Waterfall.
Getting ready for the Yorkshire Building Society Socktober campaign are, from the left, Claire Byrne, Natalie Butterworth and Adam Waterfall.

Yorkshire Building Society staff in Newton Stewart are asking the community to sock it to them by donating new pairs of socks to help keep homeless people warm this winter.

The Society is launching its month-long Socktober appeal throughout October as part of its charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH) and to raise awareness of World Homelessness Day on Tuesday 10 October.

Donations of new pairs of socks, plus other items such as woolly hats, gloves, scarves and toiletries can be made at the Newton Stewart Yorkshire Building Society agency, at Marr Financial Services Limited on Victoria Street.

An estimated 83,000 young people in the UK are homeless and, according to latest figures, 390 young people in Newton Stewart received some homelessness support from their local authority in 2015/16.*

Gavin Marr, proprietor of the Yorkshire’s Newton Stewart agency, said: “It’s shocking that so many people have nowhere safe to call their home.

“As the weather turns colder we want to do what we can to help keep them warm and that’s why we’re launching our Socktober appeal.

“A lot of us may take having a clean pair of warm socks to wear for granted but for a homeless person without a proper roof over their heads it’s the last thing on their mind. As well as socks you can also donate hats, scarves, gloves and small sets of toiletries to our appeal – and every single item will go to a homeless person.

“We’re really proud of our partnership with End Youth Homelessness and providing help for young people in need.

“We can’t thank people in Newton Stewart enough for their continued support.”

EYH is a national movement to end homelessness among 16-25 year-olds in the UK.

The agency is also raising money for EYH by running a raffle to give people the chance to win John Lewis vouchers worth £1,000, £500 and £250.