Search out your Socks – Mon 23 Oct to Sun 12 Nov

A lot of people doing a little, is better than

a few people doing a lot.


That’s the motto of ex armed serviceman Ian Northcott (AKA the “Busking Bobby”). In 2010 he decided he wanted to do something to help the homeless people of Birmingham – and that’s where Socks and Chocs began.

It is now national and a registered charity with the Charity Commission.

One part of what they do is to inspire collections of socks , chocs, sleeping bags and gloves all over the country so you can deliver to a homeless centre in your own community and this autumn One Stop are proud to support this initiave with our Socks and Chocs appeal which will be situated in the main mall from Monday 23rd October to Sunday 12th November collecting your donations of:

  • socks
  • chocolate
  • gloves
  • sleeping bags

Donated clothing item’s don’t have to be brand new, we just ask that they are clean (and socks are in pairs), so this is the perfect time to have a sock drawer clear out – especially with Christmas around the corner and all those new pairs you will get!


About Socks and Chocs

The charity is run by volunteer trustees and helpers who are paid no salary, if you would like to find out more about the work they do – or to make a donate towards their Winter Fund please visit

The main aims of Chocs and Socks are:

To relieve hardship and distress among homeless people and among those in need who are living in adverse housing conditions.  In particular but not exclusively by:

  • The provision of essential items such as bedding, toiletries and clothing.
  • Funding essential health needs which is not already readily accessible such as foot care