Train commuters are being encouraged to donate socks for homeless people this winter.

Homeless charity, Centre 33 and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have launched an initiative for homeless people in St Albans.

They are appealing for people to donate socks on their commute.

A donation point will be set up at St Albans station on December 5.

For people sleeping rough, a pair of socks is essential for keeping feet warm and dry.

Without them, there is a greater risk of blisters, fungal infections and even trench foot. They also help maintain good circulation and manage diabetes.

Centre 33 chairman Colin Simmons said: “Centre 33 is delighted to work with Govia Thameslink to support the drop-in centre through running the Christmas sock campaign.

“This will provide the centre with one of the most useful items of clothing we can give to our visitors especially at a cold, wet and often very difficult time of year for them.”

Chief operating officer at GTR Steve White said: “After speaking to Centre 33 we learnt how vital a new pair of socks really is for keeping feet warm and dry.

“Christmas is a time for giving and all it takes is one pair of socks, less than the price of a coffee, to improve the lift of a homeless person this winter.”