Shoe Aid is a CIC (Community interest company) established to raise awareness and help the 300 million children worldwide who do not have the ability to obtain a pair of shoes, which are necessary for hygienic and health reasons, for work and school, due to the devastating ills of poverty. We believe that walking barefoot should be a choice, not a hardship.
In 2004, Lee Todd, who had created a career in the shoe business for himself watched on television a video of a single shoe washing ashore after the calamitous 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. It was an image he never forgot and it moved him to develop the Shoe Aid CIC in 2010.
With Lee’s leadership and Shoe Aid’s core team, Shoe Aid has collected tens of thousands of shoes for people in need. In partnership with The National Police Aid Convoy the shoes collected have benefited and helped improve the lives of people in the UK, Malawi, Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Russia, Albania, Pakistan, Ghana and Rwanda.
Strategically placed shoe bins are used to collect used and new shoes. These can be found in participating schools, offices, factories and religious and retail establishments. Shoe Aid is working to establish itself as a leading global cic that will continue to provide needed shoes to people in the UK, developing nations, disaster zones and refugee camps. In addition, Shoe Aid aims to help develop micro-businesses in developing countries where they will teach people how to create commerce on gently worn shoes. Any newly donated shoes will be proudly allocated as designated by Shoe Aid.
Shoe Aid is also doing long-term planning to help those in poverty in the UK with a vision of establishing shops throughout the UK for people in need of re-purposed shoes at a nominal price.
Shoe Aid on East Midlands Today
What do Rock Fall do?
During our partnership with Shoe Aid we have donated over 800 pairs of Safety Footwear (£20,000 approximate retail value)
Business Supporter Introductions
Rock Fall are lucky to have a well connected and pro-active business network. Below are a collection of key introductions made for Shoe Aid.