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Help keep Bexley’s homeless warm with ‘Socktober’ campaign

PUBLISHED: 16:12 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:12 26 September 2017

Claire Byrne, Natalie Butterworth and Adam Waterfall are all getting ready for 'Socktober'

Claire Byrne, Natalie Butterworth and Adam Waterfall are all getting ready for 'Socktober'

Mark Bickerdike Photography

Thousands of young people are homeless in the capital

A campaign to spread awareness of homelessness around the borough is urging residents to donate new pairs of socks.

Inspired by the name of stop-smoking initiative ‘Stoptober’, a new scheme known as ‘Socktober’ will be running from the end of the week.

Figures released in December revealed one in every 129 people in Bexley are estimated to be homeless.

Around 1,900 are thought to be in temporary accommodation.

Working together with End Youth Homelessness, Kristie Wilson, manager of the Bexleyheath branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “It’s shocking so many people have nowhere safe to call their home.

“As the weather turns colder want to do what we can to help keep them warm and that’s why we’re launching our Socktober appeal

“A lot of us may take having a clean pair of warm socks to wear for granted but for a homeless person without a proper roof over their heads it’s the last thing on their mind. As well as socks you can also donate hats, scarves, gloves and small sets of toiletries to our appeal – and every single item will go to a homeless person.”

Clothing items can be donated at the branch in Broadway, Bexleyheath.

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