Elderly people in Norwich will get a chance to swap their old slippers for new

. Julie Richardson and Hazel Bowen with their new slippers at the first slipper swap. Photo : Steve

. Julie Richardson and Hazel Bowen with their new slippers at the first slipper swap. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

City charity Age UK Norwich will be at Plumstead Road Library on Wednesday, April 26, offering the elderly a brand-new pair of free slippers in exchange for their old ones, while stocks last.

A Generic Photo of a pair of slippers on a fluffy carpet. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

A Generic Photo of a pair of slippers on a fluffy carpet. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos - Credit: PA

It's the latest in a series of popular Slipper Exchange events, aimed at reducing accidents caused by falls, a major issue for the elderly. The scheme is a partnership between Age UK Norwich and statutory agencies to help prevent avoidable hospital admissions. The charity's community outreach manager, Bob Russell, said: 'When you first hear about it, the state of your slippers may not seem that important. But our charity's staff and volunteers are constantly visiting older people, and we know the potential consequences of a fall are extremely serious. Badly-fitting footwear is a common cause of falls, in elderly people, and one of the major reasons older folk go into hospital, is through falling.'

The Slipper Exchange is between 2pm and 3.30pm.


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