Launch of Sock Appeal

Richard Stevens is pictured with Alison Freelander, chairman of Surviving Christmas.
Richard Stevens is pictured with Alison Freelander, chairman of Surviving Christmas.

Richard Stevens’ annual Sock Appeal for Surviving Christmas was launched this week. This Appeal, started by Richard in 1994, asks people to donate new, warm pairs of socks which are then distributed to those in need by the Christmas Charity Surviving Christmas.

Surviving Christmas provides a warm welcome, food and hospitality for those with nowhere else to go over the Festive Period. The Hastings’ Charity opens its doors on Christmas Day and remains open for Boxing Day and December 27th. Richard Stevens traditionally delivers all the collected socks to the Y.M.C.A. in St.Paul’s Road, Bohemia, where the charity is based over Christmas.

“I am asking people to include a warm pair of socks on their Present Lists and to donate them to those less fortunate than themselves”, says Richard. “Good quality warm socks can prove to be a godsend for those who live on the streets or in cold conditions,” he said.

People can leave their donated socks at the Creative Media Centre in Robertson Street or in the Information Centre at the back of the Town Hall where “Sox-Boxes” are in position at both locations.