Slains pupils’ special collection for charity

Slains pupils with some of the shoe donations.
Slains pupils with some of the shoe donations.

An Aberdeenshire school has made a special shoe collection to benefit needy youngsters abroad.

Slains Primary pupils gathered 175 pairs of children’s shoes and boots which were boxed up and donated to a Surrey-based charity for shipping overseas.

The children were very excited to see the boxes all parcelled up ready to ship

Pamela Cooper Parent

They were assisted in their efforts by other primaries in the area.

The idea came from a friend of Slains parent Pamela Cooper, who now lives in Africa, and told her about the charity Sal’s Shoes.

Pamela said: “I know that the schools Eco group are always keen to get involved in projects which involved helping others.

“I then thought this was something that all the children could get involved in and when I gave them the background to the charity, it gave them a real appreciation of how fortunate they are, and how different it is for millions of children in other parts of the world.”

She added: “They could not comprehend that some children walk for miles in bare feet just to get to school.

“The children were very excited to see the boxes all parcelled up ready to ship, and are now waiting to hear exactly how far their shoes travel to find their new owners.”

Slains head teacher Duncan Reaves praised the pupils’ efforts.

He said: “We succeeded in getting other primary schools in the area involved in collecting shoes so we also acknowledge contributions from Foveran, Arnage, Hatton Cruden and Newburgh Mathers.”

Sal’s Shoes is based in Croydon and collects outgrown children’s footwear up until the end of primary school age.

It was established two years ago by a parent seeking out charities who could donate son Sal’s outgrown shoes to those most in need, but could not say where they would end up.

In its first year the organisation collected more than 4800 pairs of shoes and distributed them in eight countries, including the UK.