June O’Sullivan meets CJ Bowry, CEO of Surrey based charity, Sal’s Shoes which has distributed an impressive two million pairs of shoes in the UK and across the world in a bid to tackle the rise in shoe poverty.
In a world whereby 300 million children are often walking without shoes – risking foot injures and disease, the charity avoids waste by sending a pair of clean, good quality shoes to another child who will benefit and may be able to share them onwards.
Having discovered Sal’s Shoes on Twitter when a LEYF nursery manager noticed that many of the children returning to nursey after lockdown were wearing inappropriate, badly-fitting or broken shoes, Sals Shoes kindly responded by generously donating 25 pairs of new shoes to Angel Pre School (LEYF) in South Westminster – all of which were greatly received.
Shoe poverty is the kind of poverty that impacts children’s confidence and their self-esteem. Never has there been a greater need for children’s shoe donations and put a Spring in Their Step.
Listen here to what CJ has to say…