Shoppers in Hampshire were urged to drop off their unwanted shoes when they hit the shops last weekend.
Volunteers from Hampshire charity Hope and Aid Direct were outside Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hedge End during the weekend with a “shop n drop” point, collecting donated items which will be trucked to Kosovo to help families and children living in poverty.
The charity completes the trip twice a year, delivering tonnes of aid, including food and clothes, to thousands of people.
Fundraiser John Desty said: “Again, we are putting out a special appeal for shoes – they must be sensible, not fashion, shoes, clean and with a reasonable life left in them. It amazes us every time that we have people coming to us either in bare feet or feet wrapped in pieces of rag.”
Team on mercy mission to build Albanian fire station
Firefighters from Liskeard, Cornwall, have set off to Albania to kick start the creation of a new fire station in an impoverished part of the country.
Station manager Robert Collins and colleagues Scott Marks and Alan Constance are joining forces with Rotarians from the area to deliver emergency equipment, including a fire engine, to Krume in northern Albania. The team left on last Wednesday, taking advantage of a once-in-a-century date by making their departure day 9/9/9.