More pairs needed for councillor’s annual Sock Appeal

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A COUNCILLOR is appealing to the public to continue to support his annual festive campaign for the homeless this Christmas.

Cllr Richard Stevens’ Sock Appeal for local charity Surviving Christmas has got off to a good start but more socks are needed.

He said: “All the signs are that Christmas is going to be a bleak time for many people in Hastings. I am calling on everyone to remember the true spirit of Christmas and if they are in a position to do so, to include, please, a pair of new warm socks on their Christmas present lists.”

Socks can be put in the collection boxes which are located in the United Reformed Church, Robertson Street and in the information centre behind the town hall. All the collected socks will be distributed by Surviving Christmas, the charity which provides welcoming festive cheer to those who have nowhere else to go or feel lonely at Christmas time.

Doors are open at the charity’s YMCA base in St Paul’s Road, St Leonards on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and December 27.

Cllr Stevens added: “Last year the good people of Hastings enabled me to take more than 1,000 pairs of socks to Surviving Christmas on Christmas Day. I know we can do it again. Please sock it to me.”