Sheffield firm donates wellies to help child refugees

Sheffield based children's footwear and clothing brand, Poco Nido, has donated over 300 pairs of wellies to Syrian refugees to help them stay warm and dry during the colder months. Pictured is Joanna Vickers with some of the wellies.
Sheffield based children's footwear and clothing brand, Poco Nido, has donated over 300 pairs of wellies to Syrian refugees to help them stay warm and dry during the colder months. Pictured is Joanna Vickers with some of the wellies.

A Sheffield firm has donated over 300 pairs of wellies to child refugees from Syria to help them keep dry over the winter.

Poco Nido, a children’s footwear and clothing brand, donated the wellies to the charity Aid Convoy, which will give them children in need and will replace broken and worn shoes.

Sheffield based children's footwear and clothing brand, Poco Nido, has donated over 300 pairs of wellies to Syrian refugees to help them stay warm and dry during the colder months. Pictured is Joanna Vickers with some of the wellies.

Sheffield based children's footwear and clothing brand, Poco Nido, has donated over 300 pairs of wellies to Syrian refugees to help them stay warm and dry during the colder months. Pictured is Joanna Vickers with some of the wellies.

The wellies form part of a larger shipment, which will also contain tinned food and clothing to be handed out to refugees.

Catherine Lobley, founder of Attercliffe-based Poco Nido said: “Being able to stay warm and dry is a human right. What we mustn’t forget is that children affected by the Syrian refugee crisis haven’t simply stopped growing.

“For many their shoes will be damaged, too small and no longer fit for purpose.

“After seeing an advertisement on TV about the impact the cold weather is having on refugees, we knew we had to do our bit to help. We encourage other local business to dig deep and do the same too.”

Asim Shafaq, of Aid Convoy, added: “Each shipment of aid costs approximately £3,000 - £4,000 to send to Syria.

“In addition to items such as clothing, food and essentials, we’re asking people to make monetary donations to cover the costs of getting this aid across the Syrian border.

“The donation of wellies from Poco Nido will go a long way to provide some warmth and comfort for children in Syria.”

The wellies were shipped to London free of charge by logistics company 512.

Poco Nido was founded in 2011 by footwear designer and mum-of-two Catherine Lobley, who was fed up at the lack of boot styles available for children.

The firm has over 70 stockists and three distributors worldwide.

Visit www.poconido.com