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CHARITY LAUNCH: New charity providing sports shoes to those in need launches in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 19th March 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new Hemel Hempstead based charity that collects preloved sports shoes and redistributes them for free to local children and adults in need has officially launched.

One Impossible Thing (OIT) has already given out more than 500 pairs of shoes to those who need them most, and plans to provide for many more local people through charity events and donations in 2022.

OIT launched at the end of February, in celebration of receiving their charity status from the Charity Commission.

At the launch, Nickie, who has been supported by the charity, said: “I have two sons aged 15 and 10, who are both sports mad. I lost my job in travel due to COVID and although I was fortunate to find another job quickly, it was not the same salary as I was previously on.“As a lone parent, the financial strain of sports shoes on top of football subs and the rising cost of living, was overwhelming. As the boys’ feet grow, it can feel never ending, especially when sometimes they need a couple of pairs of boots each football season.”

Fiona Foulkes, Founder of One Impossible Thing, said: “We desperately need a place to store all our sports shoes, so we can check them, clean them and pack them up to distribute them out to people and organisations that need them. At the moment everything is stored in my house!”

Anyone who has preloved trainers, football boots, rugby boots or astro’s they are willing to donate can drop them to One Impossible Thing’s recycling bins, located at Hemel Sports Centre, the XC Centre and Our Gym.

For more information on the charity visit

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