29/01/2008 10:31, Report by Gemma Thompson

Putting the right foot forward

Ryan Giggs made a surprise visit to a school in Greater Manchester last week in aid of this year’s Blue Peter Shoe Biz Appeal and UNICEF.

The Reds’ midfielder, who is a UK ambassador for the global children’s charity, was joined by Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones at St Luke’s School in Salford. The pair collected over 100 pairs of shoes gathered by pupils for the appeal, which will help fund UNICEF’s work with children affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi.

The appeal, launched in November, aims to raise £500,000 by recycling the second hand shoes and converting them into cash. Giggs was happy to lend his support and is urging others to get involved.

“I hope people will follow the fantastic example set by the pupils of St Luke’s and support the Blue Peter Shoe Biz Appeal,” he said.

“By simply collecting second hand shoes we can all make a real and lasting difference to the lives of these children who so desperately need our help.”

Ryan’s visit to St. Luke’s will be shown on Blue Peter on BBC1 on Tuesday 6 February at 5pm. For more information please visit:

Photo credit: UNICEF/2007


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