Old slippers for new at Hunstanton

Seated from left Jean Howes, Esme Ashton, Volunteer Irene Speed, Peter Hicks, Julia Bateson and Joel Thompson. Standing: Kirsty Morley (Careline community Service), Matthew Nudds (Flagship Telecare), Rose Waterman (Norfolk'sLiving Well Healthy Communities and organiser of the event) and County Councillor Richard Bird. ANL-150128-123301001
Seated from left Jean Howes, Esme Ashton, Volunteer Irene Speed, Peter Hicks, Julia Bateson and Joel Thompson. Standing: Kirsty Morley (Careline community Service), Matthew Nudds (Flagship Telecare), Rose Waterman (Norfolk'sLiving Well Healthy Communities and organiser of the event) and County Councillor Richard Bird. ANL-150128-123301001
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People keen to take part in a ‘slipper swap’ at Hunstanton Community Centre were queuing from 8.30am on Tuesday.

The swap was the final one of a series organised by Norfolk County Council’s Healthy Communities project.

Residents were able to swap their old slippers for a brand new slip-resistant pair, free-of-charge.

Organiser Rose Waterman said: “I’m delighted that we’ve had such a good turnout today and I’m sure that we’ll have enough slippers for everyone.”

Norfolk County Councillor Richard Bird said: “When I saw the statistics for accidents in the home caused by faulty footwear I was amazed and I have been encouraging people to come along today to take advantage of this fantastic scheme.

“By attending, residents also get the opportunity to see the benefits of the Home Library Service, Careline Community Service, Flagship Telecare, Healthy Lives, My Time Active, the West Norfolk Befriending Service and Wiltshire Farm Foods. In fact it is a visiting one-stop shop.”

Volunteer Irene Speed, 78, was on hand to help with fitting, a job she learned many years ago whilst working for John Lewis where she achieved a Clarks Certificate for shoe fitting, and she and the team fitted 87 pairs of slippers in a little over two hours.

Resident Kathleen Rose said: “I’m really happy with my new slippers, they are very comfortable and I can use the box for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal too!”