Stevenage’s older folk swap their slippers at library event for a safer pair to help prevent winter falls

Daphne Burke and Dermot Burke with their new slippers

Daphne Burke and Dermot Burke with their new slippers - Credit: Archant

It wasn’t quite Cinderella and Prince Charming, but older folk were more than happy to swap their worn out slippers for a shiny new pair.

Library managers Michelle Lloyd and Anne Brolly with slipper swapper Malcolm Hadley

Library managers Michelle Lloyd and Anne Brolly with slipper swapper Malcolm Hadley - Credit: Archant

More than 40 people went along to Stevenage Central Library to trade their faded footwear for brand new anti-slip slippers which could help stop them taking a tumble.

The event was set up by staff at the library as part of a campaign backed by Herts County Council.

It estimates more than 4,000 older people in Herts will end up in hospital after a fall this year.

Librarian Sheila Samson-Bunce said: “We were delighted to host a Slipper Swap event.

Councillor Teresa Heritage with Richard Jarvis and Janette Jarvis sporting their new slippers and li

Councillor Teresa Heritage with Richard Jarvis and Janette Jarvis sporting their new slippers and librarian Sheila Samson - Credit: Archant


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“It gave people a chance to find out how to avoid falls and stay warm and well over winter.”

Councillor Teresa Heritage, who is responsible for public health and libraries, said: “The Slipper Swap is just one of the ways that libraries are committed to improving the public’s health and wellbeing.

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“By preventing falls we can help older people stay healthy and independent and reduce the pressure on health and social care services.”

Representatives of organisations including Age UK and Carers in Herts were on hand to give advice about how to stay fit this winter and there were exercise sessions to help increase mobility.

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