Sock Appeal to help homeless breaks records


The 2015 ‘Sock Appeal’ for the charity Surviving Christmas has broken all records in terms of generosity.

It is organised locally by former Hastings Mayor and Winkle Club member Richard Stevens.

Surviving Christmas is a community organisation covering Hastings and Rother, set up as a charity to help those in need, hardship or distress, including people living on the streets.

Richard commented: “More than a dozen large sacks of new socks and other warm clothing were handed over to Surviving Christmas and to other organisations who deal with the homeless throughout the year.”

He added: “It is always a bitter-sweet moment when you see the result of people’s amazing generosity, but at the same time it makes you focus on the reasons behind the continuing struggle for some just to keep warm in this advanced country of ours.

“I have said many times that when I began the Sock Appeal 21 years ago,I never expected it to be just,if not more relevant in the Hastings area today.”

This year’s collection was not just distributed at Surviving Christmas’s ‘Open Christmas’ but will assist charities such as Seaview and the St.John’s Homeless Project with meeting the need for warm clothing which presents itself as a problem throughout the year.

“I am very pleased to see this common sense development for the Sock Appeal which is aimed at ensuring recipients are the most in need,” said Richard.

“I would like also to thank ‘His Place’ in Robertson Street, J.D’s Bistro /Bar and the Imagen Gallery in Claremont together with the History House in Courthouse Street for acting as willing locations for the special ‘Sox Boxes.’

“I am also extremely grateful to the Observer for publicising the Appeal and of course to all those who gave so generously. I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.”

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