Socks & Chocs

Perry Beeches The Academy is working towards its annual Christmas celebrations and this year the staff and students have set themselves a new challenge by trying to collect as many socks and chocolates for the homeless as part of their commitment to promote family values during the season of goodwill. Christmas is a time when often simple things are overlooked and the needs of others are often forgotten. As the weather gets colder over the Christmas period we do not think of those less fortunate than ourselves…

Socks and Chocs is a local charity set up in 2010 when Ian Northcott, an ex-army soldier and police officer in Birmingham City Centre decided to start a collection of socks and chocolates amongst his friends and family, to donate to a homeless shelter.

Ian Northcott is well known for his extraordinary busking. In 2013 he picked up a buskers guitar and it was filmed by passers-by. It was posted on You Tube, Facebook and twitter.  It quickly raised 700,000 hits and received media coverage in Birmingham and around the world. With this is mind the students at The Academy are going to recreate Ian’s song ‘Pleasure’ by retaining the lyrics but putting their own spin on the song. Students will busk week commencing 7th December in school corridors at break times/lunchtimes to remind other students/staff to donate socks and chocolates to this very worthwhile appeal.

Hi there – “I am totally overwhelmed with the support from Beeches school who have embraced our ethos of “Lots of people doing a little is better than a few doing a lot!”   This will help us to help homeless centres within the region and beyond.  Thank you.  Ian “

If you are able to support the school in anyway – maybe you are a local business with surplus socks hidden away or a local resident that has too many socks in their drawers please get in touch (the socks do not need to be new, they just need to be in pairs. In some shops you can buy 3 pairs for £1  and one single bar of chocolate makes a difference.

Stuart Turnbull Head Teacher commented ‘this is a very worthwhile cause; the students are passionate about making a difference in the community and no better time to do it than at Christmas. We welcome any donations however big or small’.