A 13-year-old boy has collected hundreds of pairs of socks for the homeless this winter and will be giving them away for Christmas.
Joshua Walmsley set up a collection point and let people know he needed socks for homelessness charities.
Hundreds of people visited Clifton Hardware Store in Bristol to donate to the young lad’s worthy cause, and his supply was soon overflowing.
Now, Joshua has 710 pairs of socks and will be donating them to a charity who will give them away before Christmas.
He said: “I found that people often give things like jumpers and clothes but when I asked a few charities they said they needed socks.
“Many people who are homeless go through socks quickly and it would be good if they have some new ones.”
Together with his dad Tom, the young man started spreading the word on social media and online forum Nextdoor Neighbour.
“We are so grateful for the response,” Joshua said.
“We didn’t think so many people would be willing to donate, and it just kept coming in. It is a cause close to my heart, because I see a lot of them when I’m walking to school.”
He has now given them to the Caring at Christmas team, which has set up a 24-hour shelter for those sleeping rough this festive season.