Govia Thameslink launch Great Sock Appeal to aid homelessness crisis


Selected homeless charities and Govia Thameslink are teaming up this Christmas to provide support for the homeless as the winter frost takes hold. 

A new initiative, the Great Sock Appeal, will encourage rail commuters to donate a new pair of socks for those sleeping rough over the festive period.

Often overlooked as an unimportant item, for those sleeping rough, a pair of socks is essential for keeping feet warm and dry. 


Without them, there is great risk of blisters, fungal infections and even trench foot. Socks are also responsible for keeping feet healthy, maintaining good circulation and managing diabetes.

One pair of socks, less than the price of a coffee, will improve the life of a homeless person this winter.

Steve White, Chief Operating Officer at GTR

With temperatures plummeting, it takes just 30 minutes for frostbite to take hold, meaning socks are crucial for surviving the winter.


After recent support of WrapUp London, Govia Thameslink Railway continues its campaign to support the homeless this winter with the Great Sock Appeal. 

Collections will take place at stations on the December 5 between 7am and 10am, offering the chance to donate a new pair of socks to those in need through six regional charity partners. 

Donation collections will take place at Bedford, Luton, St Albans, Stevenage, Royston, Blackfriars, East Croydon, and Brighton.


Homelessness ‘tripled since 2010’

Amidst a national homelessness crisis which has seen levels of all types triple since 2010, most of those sleeping on the streets this winter won’t have access to something as simple as a clean, warm pair of socks. 

Steve White, Chief Operating Officer at GTR, said: “After speaking to numerous homeless charities we learnt how vitally important a new pair of socks really is for keeping feet warm and dry, and we are delighted to support them in this work.

“Christmas is a time for giving, and all it takes is one pair of socks, less than the price of a coffee, to improve the life of a homeless person this winter. We want to thank our customers and colleagues for their ongoing support for those in need.”


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