A freelance business owner says ‘being kind doesn’t cost anything’ after giving a homeless man a pair of new trainers.
Gareth Tansey, 41, has been the mastermind behind shoe repair shop DGLS Limited, which has been based in High Street, Colchester, for a year.
This family-run outlet specializes in repairing scuffed and damaged sneakers, handbags and boots, and also offers recoloring and shoe shine services.
Earlier this week, on one of the hottest days of the year, Mr Tansey and his mother, Linda, noticed a man walking past the store in heavy boots.
They soon realized it was a homeless man named Kevin, who is a familiar and friendly face among shoppers in downtown Colchester.
Given the number of trainers scattered around his store, Mr Tansey decided to gift Kevin with a shimmering white pair of Adidas Gazelles, which retailed for £70 but had been donated to the store.
He has since posted about the interaction on his social media pages, receiving hundreds of positive and uplifting responses.
“He was outside the store and my mum immediately recognized Kevin and we had heard so much about him so we went to talk to him,” the business owner added.
“My mum and I couldn’t see him walking in big heavy boots on the hottest day of the year so far and we saw in the Colchester community how amazing he is.
“He’s such a lovely man, so kind and polite and hearing part of his story of being sadly homeless, we decided to give Kevin a new pair of trainers.
“He was very humbled and appreciated the gesture and we’re glad the post received so many engagements and so many positive comments, not to us, but to Kevin.”
Mr Tansey, a single father of one, has now called on more people to do what they can to help those less fortunate when opportunities arise.
He said, “If we all did one good deed a day, the world would be a better place and it doesn’t hurt to be kind.
“I’m not judging, for us being kind is rewarding and we don’t expect anything in return – I would like people to know that being kind doesn’t cost anything.
“If anyone has any sneakers that are no longer needed, drop them off at the store from June – we’ll be happy to restore them and donate them.”