Children at Windmill Primary School in Raunds were inspired to help a charity called Shoe Aid after reading about them online in an Eco Schools meeting. The children were looking for a way to help their local community and the wider world and they decided that Shoe Aid was a great place to start.
Shoe Aid was established to raise awareness and help the 300 million children worldwide who, due to devastating poverty, do not have the ability to obtain a pair of shoes, necessary for hygienic and health reasons, and for work and school. Shoe Aid has several collection points in various counties in England, but Northamptonshire has yet to get involved. Windmill Primary School changed all this when they contacted Lee Todd, the founder of Shoe Aid, to arrange for their school to become a temporary collection point.
Children, parents and staff at Windmill Primary School cleared out their cupboards and brought in all the unwanted shoes they could find. The school also held a ‘mufti day’ where children could make a donation to Shoe Aid and wear their own choice of shoes to school for the day. The principal of Windmill even got involved, wearing flip-flops with his suit! The day helped to raise over £100 for Shoe Aid. The founder of Shoe Aid will be visiting Windmill Primary School in person to meet the children and collect all the shoes on Friday 9th June.
Lee Todd hopes that this will be that start of many more collections in Northamptonshire and that Windmill will inspire other schools to get involved. If you would like to find out more, have a look at the school blogs at windmillprimary.co.uk or on the Shoe Aid website shoeaid.co.uk.