Helping the homeless back on their feet

A new charity has been launched in Wigan and St Helens called Comfysteps.'The charity are urging locals who have unwanted shoes to donate them to Comfysteps who will then pass the shoes to the homeless.'Pictured are Wigan Athletic player Emmerson Boyce and podiatrist Cath Hughes
A new charity has been launched in Wigan and St Helens called Comfysteps.'The charity are urging locals who have unwanted shoes to donate them to Comfysteps who will then pass the shoes to the homeless.'Pictured are Wigan Athletic player Emmerson Boyce and podiatrist Cath Hughes

A PODIATRIST has launched a new charity to get homeless in St Helens back on their feet - with the help of a premier league footballer.

Director of Comfystep Chiropody Services, Cath Hughes is hoping to help homeless people with their foot problems and kit them out with new shoes for the winter.

The Twinkle Toes Appeal will mean local people can donate good quality shoes or trainers to a number of drop off points in the borough.

In November, Cath and her team of volunteers will provide free podiatry and chiropody treatments to the homeless.

The foot specialist has also enlisted the help of Latics’ Emmerson Boyce.

She said: “I have always wanted to launch something like this, for as long as I can remember I have thought about helping the homeless in some way.

“Now I have the time to do it and have everything in place to go ahead.

“It’s a project that I am hoping runs for as long as possible.

“I was keen to roll it out across Wigan and St Helens as I wanted to keep it local, I wanted to give Wigan people the chance to help but I have also been asked to launch the charity across Manchester and further afield.”

Twinkle Toes asks for a donation of a decent pair of shoes that are waterproof and are not damaged which will see a homeless person through the winter months.

Slippers will be accepted for women who live in hostels as will a new pair of socks.

Cath added: “We don’t want shoes that people wouldn’t wear themselves, they have to be good quality.

“We also don’t want any UGG boots as they are not waterproof, or no heels.

“The people that live on the streets have a lot of problems with their feet, for a start, they can’t cut their toe nails which is vitally important.

“Some have trauma to the feet, particularly if they are drug takers or alcohol dependent and some people may have circulatory and hygiene problems.

“I intend to help these people with these problems.”

Defender, Emmerson Boyce added: “This a great scheme which will help so many people.

“It’s a great charity to be able to get involved with as I feel it really helps and reaches out to people in need.

“Hopefully we can get loads of people from Wigan and St Helens involved, it would be great for them to get behind the scheme by donating good quality footwear.

The drop-off points are:

•The Hope Centre, St Helens Christian Life Centre, Atherton Street

•Hope House, 103 Church Street, St Helens

•Cornerstone Surgery, Finger Post Health centre, Atlas Street, St Helens.