Posted on Friday 17 March 2023
Celebrating 6000 pairs of Supershoes and a new partnership
Supershoes, the charity that gifts personalised shoes to children and young adults facing cancer, has presented its 6000th pair of shoes to Tabitha, 17, who was diagnosed with sarcoma last year. Luke Mallett, Young Lives vs Cancer’s Director of Income and Engagement, was at the presentation of Tabitha’s Supershoes, which feature her cat Tikka.
Luke said: “We are pleased to work closely with SuperShoes on their mission to provide beautifully hand-painted shoes to children and young people with cancer. Our social workers make many of the referrals to SuperShoes each year and see at first hand the joy the shoes bring to those young people who receive them. We congratulate Supershoes on passing the 6,000th pair milestone and look forward to working together into the future.”
With almost every one of the 6000 children and young people who have received Supershoes being referred by Young Lives vs Cancer Social Workers, we thought this was a great time to make our partnership with Supershoes official.
How does the partnership work?
We’ve been working with Supershoes since 2014. Social workers identify children and young people who need a boost and contact Supershoes with all the information they need to make the perfect custom shoes, including favourite colours, pets, music, sports and TV shows. Then a volunteer Super Artist gets to work to create the design, which can take several days to complete.
Some children’s Supershoes inspire them to get moving, while others wear them to treatment to make them feel strong. They’re also a great talking point for when children want to chat about something other than cancer.
How do I refer a child?
Supershoes are currently accepting referrals for children aged up to 18. If your child would like a super gift to give them a boost during cancer treatment, talk to your Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker or contact our team.
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