Feet first for the homeless: Ellis Brigham launch buy one gift one

Smartwool socks by a toasty fire
Keep your feet and a stranger's feet warm this December (Image credit: Smartwool / Ellis Brigham)

Now here’s a bit of news to bring you a warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling… either in your heart or in your feet! Maybe both. And all it takes is to buy a pair of Smartwool socks from Ellis Brigham.

Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports has teamed up with Smartwool to put warm, quality outdoor socks on the feet of as many homeless people in Manchester and London as they can this Christmas. For each pair of socks bought online from 1st to 24th December, Ellis Brigham will match and donate a pair to the homeless charities they support. The chosen charities are Barnabus (opens in new tab) in Manchester and Spitalfields Crypt Trust (opens in new tab) and Caritas Anchor House (opens in new tab) in London.

According to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, an estimated 320,000 people are currently homeless in the UK and the numbers are increasing. This winter is set to be especially tough following a very difficult year and temperatures already dropping.

So, if you’re in the market for a new pair of socks or would like to help out, consider buying a pair of Smartwool socks from Ellis Brigham (opens in new tab) in the run up to Christmas 2020.

An adventure writer based on Dartmoor, England, Emily is an active member of Mountain Rescue and a summer Mountain Leader, but loves all things adventure – before her third birthday she had lived on three continents. Founder of Intrepid magazine, she works to help break stereotypes about women in the outdoors. Her expeditions have included walking all Dartmoor’s 119 tors in a single two-week outing, cycling to Switzerland and back, and riding the Rhine from source to sea.