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The Society of Shoe Fitters are delighted to announce that Emma Butler of Belle Enfants, Ringwood, Hants.has won their prestigeous Student of the Year 2013 trophy.  "Emma put a tremendous amount of effort into her coursework, and when attending the practical Workshops showed outstanding enthusiasm and eagerness to learn" said Senior Tutor Maureen Unsworth F.S.S.F.  "Although only nineteen years old Emma showed a maturity and dedication well beyond her years and is capably managing her shop in Ringwood on behalf of owner and Society member Amanda Arkell" (who has successfully created several award winning children's emporiums over the past couple of years

The Society of Shoe Fitters launched National Shoe Fitting week in 2013 and because of its success we are repeating this week commencing 12th April.  It is designed to increase the public’s awareness of how feet change over time, that no two manufacturer’s sizes are the same and to help improve footfall for the Independent Retailer and anyone with retail businesses prepared to give a fitting service.   Even within a manufacturer’s range shoes will fit differently despite being marked with the same size - so those buying online with a size in mind are still unlikely to get a well-fitting shoe. 

ECCO’s CEO, Dieter Kasprzak, has announced that the company delivered its best ever results in 2013.

CHARITY SPONSORSHIP APPEAL : Philip Marsh 2014 - The Challenges

Dear All,

I am delighted to say I have completed my first Challenge the 12K Rock Solid Race.  The team of 13 supported me from start to finish and we completed the 12k course with over 35 obstacles in 2 hours 30 minutes. this was physically and mentally challenging but all your support gave me the extra bit I needed to complete it.

 I have been absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by all your generosity and am delighted to say I have raised over £25K which is more than I ever dreamt of.

My son Henry’s progress is slow, but I am pleased to say we have been granted funding for Henry to move to Tadworth Court Henry will be here for 6 months and will undergo intensive Neuro Rehabilitation in order for him to come home in October, one year on!!

 Moving onto my next challenge on the 21st June I will be taking part in a world record attempt parachute jump with 292 people aiming to jump out of a plane within 24 hours. I’d be really grateful if you could sponsor me at:

Once again thank you everyone for your generosity it really means a lot to me.

Kind Regards


Managing Director


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