AN UPCOMING charity appeal spearheaded by Nicki Bidgood of Westcountry HR, a human resources consultancy based in Newton Abbot with a particular interest in the small businesses across Devon and Cornwall, has been lanched and local people are encouraged to get involved.

The aim of the appeal is to support the homeless population Newton Abbot by gifting them with a ‘ShoeBox’.

A ‘ShoeBox’ typically refers to a buddle of essential goods with a particular focus on goods pertaining to heat retention and personal hygiene; a typical buddle, therefore, may include such items as thermals and baby wipes.

Other items that are welcomed include but are not limited to: hats, scarfs, socks, tooth paste, shower gel, sanitary towels and sweets.

It must be said that: alcohol, money, painkillers, lighters and razors will not be accepted.

Distributed by the Salvation Army, the ShoeBox’s are given as Christmas presents to those who, as sad as it is to say, will likely be facing an accutely stark festive period: those who are homeless in and around Newton Abbot for instance.

ShoeBox’s should be dropped off at Westcountry HR, Minerva House, 2 Highweek Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1TQ.

Those wishing to get involved have until December 19 to drop off their ShoeBox to the address above.

Throughout the Christmas week the generously donated buddles will then be handed out to those in need and hopefully bring a smile the recipient’s face.

In spite of the name, it is important to mention that donated goods need not necessarily be packaged in a box formerly containing shoes - boxes of all descriptions and even bags are acceptable.