Are you fed up with your old Dr Martens footwear?

Then you could give it the boot to help Guide Dogs Cymru!

Karen Geobey, who owns the shop Parsley & Thyme in Aberaeron, has found a way to turn her love of the niche footwear brand into a charity money-spinner – and she’s hoping people can help.

Since last year, animal lover Karen has raised more than £600 for Guide Dogs Cymru by selling off her used Dr Martens shoes and boots and putting the cash in a collecting tin.

She’s emptied her own personal shoe cabinet but hopes readers will help her to continue her charity efforts.

“I’m inviting people to call at the shop and drop off their old or unwanted pairs of Dr Martens for me to resell for charity,” Karen said. “I’ll take shoes or boots, women’s and children’s, but they must be white, grey, brown or black to suit the ambience of the shop.”


Karen’s love of guide dogs goes back to her childhood.

“My parents were puppy raisers for the charity and we had retrievers,” she said.

“We lost my mother two years ago, and Guide Dogs was her charity, so she would be pleased to know I was doing this to raise money for them.”

Ruth Evans, community fundraising manager for Guide Dogs Cymru, said: “We rely on donations to help us continue our life-changing work, so it’s great when people find innovative ways to support us.

"If you’re spring-cleaning your shoe cupboard and find a pair of Dr Martens you no longer want or need, drop them off at Parsley & Thyme and help Guide Dogs change a life.”

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