Sanctuary Care’s homes in Worcestershire have launched a sock collection on World Kindness Day as part of an inspirational project to help the homeless.
Regent Residential Care Home in St John’s decided to help Forgotten Feet, a charity which provides a free chiropody and podiatry service for the homeless and socially isolated, as well as socks and shoes by launching its own collection.
The charity was founded by the home’s visiting podiatrist Deborah Monk. In her spare time Deborah and her team provide their services free of charge at special clinics, including one which takes place every six weeks at the city’s Maggs Day Centre, supporting homeless people in Worcester.
The team at Regent, in School Road, decided that World Kindness Day (Monday 13 November), would be the perfect day to start their own sock collection for Forgotten Feet, which will also be rolled out across Sanctuary Care’s eight other homes in Worcester, Malvern, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Droitwich, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn and Stourport-on-Severn.
Regent’s manager Denise Clark said: “Sanctuary Care’s vision is ‘keeping kindness at the heart of our care’, so we decided what better way to extend kindness on such a special day than supporting this amazing charity.”
Forgotten Feet founder, Deborah said: “Homeless people needless to say, are on their feet in all weathers. Sometimes they may not have taken their shoes or socks off for over a month and a lot them have experienced real self-neglect.”
Conditions experienced by Deborah’s clients, who are primarily homeless but can include people who are socially isolated, include severe blisters, callouses, infections, wounds and long nails.
After treating someone’s feet, Forgotten Feet will provide them with clean socks and where necessary replace their shoes, so the charity always welcomes new and second-hand socks and footwear, as long as they are clean and in good condition.
Deborah added: “We offer podiatry and compassion, giving someone our time and making them feel valued as a person. It is about giving something back – to have the ability to do something for someone else is a gift.”
Other clinics run by Forgotten Feet are located in Redditch, Leamington, Stratford, Shrewsbury and Dundee.
With more podiatrists/chiropodists pledging to support the charity, Deborah hopes that one day she will be able to establish a nation-wide service for the homeless population.
World Kindness Day is day which celebrates kindness in society and day to day life, encouraging individual acts of kindness.