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Dr Martens donates 100 pairs of boots to Brighton and Hove's homeless
11:00am Wednesday 31st July 2013 in News
Brighton and Hove street-sleepers have been breaking in their new Dr Martens boots after the iconic brand donated £32,000 of footwear.
The giveaway, which saw 502 pairs dished out to 10 local charities, was held to mark the launch of their new Prince Albert Street store in Brighton.
Everyone from domestic violence and conservation groups to schools and the homeless got in on the act.
One of the charities to benefit was the |Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project, which received 24 pairs including a size 14 for new apprentice Jack Harvey.
Project manager Warren Carter said: “This very generous donation of boots will make a big difference for the pupils at Moulsecoomb Primary and Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and means they can work in all weathers without us worrying about ruining their school shoes.”
Brighton’s Housing Trust collected 150 pairs of boots to keep the city’s rough sleepers toasty during the long winter nights.
Claudine Cohen, trust deputy manager, said: “We cannot thank Dr Martens enough for their generous donation of shoes and boots.
“Rough sleepers are so often affected by problems with their feet due to excessive walking, sleeping out in damp conditions and lack of access to adequate footwear.
“A brand new pair of boots or shoes can make such a difference.”
Homeless Phil Cairns got his pair of boots yesterday from Project Antifeeze in Portland Road in Hove.
He said: “I’m really happy to have the boots. They fit really well.”
Other groups on the receiving end of the industrial-style boots include street-walking team Magpie Recycling, domestic abuse charity RISE and the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project.
Health charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK and St John Ambulance, along with Emmaus and The Clocktower Sanctuary, also received the boots.
Amy Nelson, from Dr Martens, said: “We really consider Brighton to be a spiritual homeland for the Dr Martens brand, so we are delighted to give something back and support the hard-working charities located across the city.”
The donation was also held in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council’s People’s Day.
The community event, which was held on June 15, sees local firms give something back to the community.
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