Friday, 31 July 2015

Bedford’s Slipper Day

 Group of nurses of the Voluntary Aid Detachment Bedford No.2, c.1914-1916 

Saturday 31st July 1915: Today is Slipper Day in Bedford, with everyone asked to slip a penny into a collection box to raise funds which will be used to provide wounded soldiers with soft slippers. The collection has been organised by the Bedford Centre of the St. John Ambulance Association; the Centre has already sent out 6,984 pairs of slippers to hospitals in England and France. Gifts of carpet, felt and cloth remnants have been sent by firms all over England, and even from as far as Boston in the United States of America. The collection is being carried out by members of the St. John Ambulance Association and by the British Red Cross V.A.D. Materials are given out to those wishing to help by making slippers at the Harpur Street Depot every Monday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Source: Bedfordshire Times, 6th August 1915

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