Charity shoe sale in Diss for St Nicholas Hospice Care is a ‘grand’ affair

The organisers of Try Walking in My Shoes, Mike and Lesley Bowen. ANL-150607-141033001
The organisers of Try Walking in My Shoes, Mike and Lesley Bowen. ANL-150607-141033001

A charity shoe sale in Diss has helped raise more than £1,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.

Lesley and Mike Bowen, as well as a team of around 30 people on the day, helped organise the event, dubbed ‘Try Walking in My Shoes’, which took place on Saturday at Diss Methodist Church in Victoria Road.

More than 1,000 pairs of shoes were donated to a charity sale, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150607-141137001

More than 1,000 pairs of shoes were donated to a charity sale, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150607-141137001

More than 1,000 pairs of shoes, which had been donated at various points across the Diss Express area, were up for grabs, while a raffle was also held.

In the end, £1,062 was raised from the event, while the remaining shoes will go on sale in St Nicholas Hospice Care shops in Suffolk.

The couple said they were inspired to fundraise the charity following a visit to the hospice.

“It was just so excellent, it was really good,” said Mrs Bowen. “The heat did not seem to deter people.

More than 1,000 pairs of shoes were donated to a charity sale, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150607-141127001

More than 1,000 pairs of shoes were donated to a charity sale, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150607-141127001

“We were really busy in the morning and everything went well.”

Mr Bowen added: “We are really pleased and the benefit effect is cash for the shoes, and all of the shoes that were left will go into their shops.

“Overall, the benefit to the hospice, over a period of time, will be substantial.

“We are very proud of what we have achieved on our own up until Saturday, when we had 30 people help us. We could not have done it without them.

“We had friends, family, and some volunteers we had never met before.”