Homeless get feet checked

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HOMELESS people were given foot care checks by a college lecturer and a team of students when they visited a shelter.

The group, from New College Durham, attended to 40 people who visited the Crisis Centre in Newcastle.

They took fresh socks, creams and medical supplies, which were donated by Robinson Healthcare and DLT Podiatry, and delivered treatments including bathing feet, general foot and nail care and patient specific foot health advice and treatment.

As well as the foot care, the homeless people were given new socks.

Podiatry student Elizabeth Fenwick-Donaldson, 38, said: “It was a fantastic experience as we are not likely to come into contact with homeless people in our regular clinical sessions at college.

“Volunteering at Crisis has helped to remove the stereotypical image many of us had of homelessness.

Podiatry lecturer Barbara Chambers said: “Helping out with the Crisis team is not only very rewarding but it is also very humbling.

“It makes you appreciate how much we have in our own lives.”