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Stand4 Socks help NHS Heroes

28 Apr 2020
Alumni News
Josh Turner OI
Josh Turner OI

Stand4 Socks, the social enterprise business set up by Josh Turner OI now aims to help the NHS in the fight against Covid-19.

The company has designed and engineered a sock specifically to support the NHS. 
They have been contacted by NHS hospitals looking for supplies of more suitable socks for working on Covid wards. PPE only covers to the ankles and they are running out of the socks they have due to the high turnover of PPE needed. They need more longer and more durable socks for front-line staff.

For every pair of socks purchased online, another pair will be donated to the NHS and yet another pair will be donated to the homeless. 

The business began as the result of a throw-away question Josh posed to some friends on a night out: "What if socks could change the world?" Josh wanted to change the concept of socks from being a dull after-thought as a Christmas gift.

"Socks are one of the most requested items by homeless shelters however they are rarely donated, unlike money, coffee or old coats" Josh Turner OI explains. Perhaps it's not surprising that we don't donate our old hole-ridden odd socks. Yet if you are homeless you tend to be walking more than the average person, and if you don't have the luxury of fresh socks you can fall victim to a number of very serious foot health issues."

For every pair of socks sold online, Stand4 Socks donates a specially engineered antibacterial pair to someone in need. And the company has donated more than 41,000 pairs of socks to the UK's homeless population since its inception. 

Josh, who struggled at school and was diagnosed as dyslexic when he was seven, showed entrepreneurial promise at the age of five when he started rounding up items at home to sell back to his family. He set up Stand4 Socks in 2015 and the company has grown ever since, including appearing on Dragons' Den in November 2019. 

Today Stand4 Socks collaborates with global brands such as Facebook, Accenture and Oxford University on custom socks for their staff and customers.

With both Stand4Socks and his athleisure socks STRIDIES Josh wants his socks to be a force for good, using ethically-sourced yarns and home compostable mail bags.

"We hope that this new sock designed specifically with the NHS in mind will help in some way in the fight against Covid-19. The UK has united to support the NHS through this crisis and we want to do our bit to help."

Order your own pair of NHS socks here: - Stand4 Socks

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