Sports shoes for disadvantaged DofE

The Cordiners, one of the Trades House of Glasgow's 14 Incorporated Crafts, presented a cheque for £5,000 on Thursday evening (19 April 2018) to Gary Condie, the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Manager for Glasgow, as part of 'Body and Sole', their new charitable initiative.  This money will buy a large pool of sports footwear for use by Duke of Edinburgh participants in Scotland who otherwise may not be able to take part.  They have also given £6,000 to Glasgow City Council Education Department and the Glasgow Outdoor Resource centre to encourage physical activity in children and young people.

Dr Iain Lennox, Deacon of the Incorporation of Cordiners in Glasgow, said: "We are delighted to be able to directly benefit young people who might otherwise not be able to participate in projects like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  A lack of basic equipment such as appropriate shoe wear is a barrier to participation that is often overlooked.  It can be expensive and therefore prohibitive to those on a low income.  Projects such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award can be life changing, giving confidence and learning new skills so it is fantastic to help break down these barriers."

The Cordiners was originally a group of craftspeople in Glasgow that made shoe wear and other leather goods, and can be traced back to the 16th century.  They adopted the single title of 'Cordiners' from 'Cordoba' - a Spanish term for workers ie those who worked with the best Spanish shoe-leather. It is now a charity which also continues to assist the leatherworking craft where appropriate.

Gary Condie commented: "This is a real boost for us and the other organisations involved, opening up and encouraging participation from everyone that wants to take part.  All too often hurdles such as this are not thought about - apart from by those affected - so for the Cordiners to step in and give financial assistance is fantastic."