Great Sock Appeal

by Govia Thameslink Railway in London, England, United Kingdom

Great Sock Appeal
We did it
On 17th December 2020 we successfully raised £3,765 with 119 supporters in 21 days

We’re partnering with six homeless charities to raise funds to provide an everyday basic that makes a huge difference - socks.

by Govia Thameslink Railway in London, England, United Kingdom

The Great Sock Appeal is back for Christmas 2020! Once again, we’re pairing up with six charities across our network working with rough sleepers to provide an everyday basic that makes a huge difference

Like many things this year, the appeal is going virtual. Following the successful campaign last year – due to the generosity of our customers - we're appealing to people to donate so that we can distribute as many pairs of socks as possible to our homeless charity partners. 

Why socks? A pair of socks may seem like a small item, but clean, fresh socks are essential for helping keep feet dry and warm. With the cold temperatures on the streets in December, it can take just 30 minutes for frostbite to set in. Without clean socks there is a risk of fungal infections, blisters and even trench foot. Socks help to keep feet healthy, uphold good circulation and managing diabetes. 

Charity shelters for the homeless always try to provide the clients who stay with them over the Christmas period with a pair of socks and we want to help them provide as many as possible to support this.

We’re aiming to raise £8,344 to purchase 4,172 pairs of socks to match our 2019 total. Any additional funds raised will be split equally between our six partners to help purchase other essential items, as 2020 has been an extremely challenging year for charities to raise funds. 

  • £2 = 1 pair of socks
  • £10 = 5 pairs of socks
  • £20 = 10 pairs of socks.

Working in partnership with:

1606216295_bht.jpgBrighton Housing Trust (BHT) is a local charity supporting homeless people across Sussex. Over five decades thousands of people have secured safe accommodation, and overcome barriers to work. Find out more at

1606216317_spires.jpgSpires is an innovative, forward-thinking charity, that has been supporting homeless and disadvantaged people from Merton, Wandsworth and Lambeth for 30 years. Find out more at

1606216335_the_connection.pngThe Connection at St Martin’s is a charity helping thousands of people recover from the trauma of homelessness, providing emergency care and longer term support. 

Find out more at

1606216392_centre33.jpgCentre 33 is a drop-in centre for anyone in the St Albans area who is homeless or otherwise socially or materially deprived. It provides a warm welcome, hot meals and drinks, shower facilities, some second-hand clothes and sleeping bags. Find out more at

1606216358_helping_herts_homeless.pngHelping Herts Homeless working with other charity partners, it aims to support the provision of emergency accommodation and other support services to anyone in Hertfordshire who has become homeless or is at risk of homelessness. Find out more at

1606216414_noah_logo_full_colour.jpgNOAH Enterprise runs a welfare centre all year round in the Luton and Bedford area and provides hot meals to people who have fallen on hard times. In 2019 NOAH received 435 new referrals and provided 16,273 lunches and 6,111 breakfasts. Find out more at


For your information

All donations are subject to the following fees on Crowdfunder, as we are a business user.  

Crowdfunder Fee: 3% + VAT

Transaction Fee: 1.9% + 23p + VAT on UK/EU cards 

The final amount raised will be paid to Govia Thameslink Railway that will purchase the maximum socks available up to £8,344 and will be delivered directly to our charity partners. Any additional funds will be equally divided and sent to our partners directly. 


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