Brothers overwhelmed with demand for Stand out Socks as they support Foodbank


BROTHERS Christian and Ross Laing, who launched their own sock company – to help raise awareness of Down Syndrome, have been overwhelmed with work since announcing they were donating funds to Warrington Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas.

Due to the overwhelming demand, they are now having to close their website for orders from 1pm, tomorrow, Wednesday, December 15 at 1 PM.

But there is still a chance to grab their socks though… as they will be setting a pop-up shop outside Warrington Foodbank in Warrington Square on Thursday night from 4 pm and on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm, with 100% of the profit from their Christmas socks being donated to the foodbank.

Christian, who launched the business with his brother Ross said: “We are hoping nobody in our community will get left behind this Christmas.”

The pair, from Stockton Heath, launched Stand Out Socks to create jobs locally for Ross and other “stand out” people who find it difficult to find paid employment.

They decided to start a sock company because National Down Syndrome Day features a lots-of-socks competition every year.

Ross, 30, has always struggled to find work and had never had paid employment previously, despite having a range of abilities.

The idea of creating a job for Ross, rather than finding him one, had always been in the back of Christian’s mind – and since their launch the business has gone from strength to strength, even featuring on TV.

Stand Out Sock’s slogan is, ‘Why fit in? When you are born to stand out’. The socks the brothers create are in bright, vibrant colours which will attract attention and, they hope, start conversations.

Prior to their fundraising campaign for the Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas 20 percent of Stand Out Socks’ profits is donated to Scope – a charity that has a shared vision of equality in the community and supports disabled people finding work.

They’ve already donated £850 to Scope at the start of December.

Brothers launch a sock company that will “stand out”


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