Odd way to sock it to kidz

Hope 4 Kidz chief executive Viv Watts (right) and workers from businesses based at the Pennywell Business centre sport odd socks as part of the charity's fundraising efforts. Pictured with Viv (from left) are Laurence Cooke, Margaret Clow, Sharon Bell, Anita Henderson, Tracey Wade and Aimee Burns.
Hope 4 Kidz chief executive Viv Watts (right) and workers from businesses based at the Pennywell Business centre sport odd socks as part of the charity's fundraising efforts. Pictured with Viv (from left) are Laurence Cooke, Margaret Clow, Sharon Bell, Anita Henderson, Tracey Wade and Aimee Burns.
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EMPLOYEES are being urged to turn up for work in odd socks in a bid to raise money for a children’s charity appeal.

Hope 4 Kidz, which is raising funds for an entertainment room for young patients at Sunderland Royal Hospital, is encouraging people to don the unusual footwear and donate £1 to “The Den” appeal on February 16.

Viv Watts, chief executive of the Pennywell-based charity, said: “We need a little help to raise the last of the funds which will help kids who find themselves in hospital.”

The £10,000 drive aims to convert a room at the hospital for the use of teenagers and will include specially-designed murals, large screen TV, music centre and state-of-the-art games to help improve the lives of hospitalised teens.

The charity is now approaching the half-way point.

“The Den fund now stands at £4,000,” said Viv. “We would be grateful for any offers of equipment or fundraising towards the building of the first teen den in a Wearside hospital to benefit those youngsters who need it most.”

For more information, or to become involved with “The Den” appeal, call Viv on 534 7788 or email vivien.watts@hope4kidz.org.uk