Thanks to all who took part in Happy Shoesday during Walk to School Week!

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Children and grown-ups wear the shoes that make them happiest, helping us create safer, more walkable streets for all.


Happy Shoes

Register for Happy shoesday

Start the new school year with the right step - register to take part on Tuesday, 1 October. 

Sign your school up today and help raise funds for Living Streets who have been working to make streets safer for all since 1929.

Taking part has never been easier and more fun. Encourage your pupils to wear their happy shoes and walk to school on the day, collect a suggested donation of £1 towards our charitable work to create safer streets for all.


Register your school



Happy Shoesday

How it works


1. Sign up to Happy Shoesday.

2. Receive free fundraising materials containing everything you need.

3. On Happy Shoesday, children, parents and teachers wear their happy shoes and donate a suggested £1 per pupil to a great cause.

4. Take part in our social media prize draw on the day (more details below).

5. After the event, don’t forget to send in your donations to Living Streets. Full details will be available in your fundraising box.

Next Happy Shoesday is taking place on Tuesday, 1 October - the first day of International Walk to School Month.

Also, all resources provided are undated so you can pick a day that best suits your school.


Register for Happy Shoesday

Join our Social media prize draw

On the day of the event, follow these two simple steps for your chance to win a £50 book token for your school.

  1. Post your best shots from Happy Shoesday on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the caption to describe what safer streets mean to your school.
  2. Make sure you use the #HappyShoesday AND #Roadsafety hashtags and tag us @livingstreets


Prize draw T&Cs

Happy Shoesday can be a street party

Read how this school will celebrate Happy Shoesday with a street party

Happy Shoes Street Party

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If your school is already registered to take part in Happy Shoesday, click the green button to the right to access complementary materials to make the most of the event.

Paying in your donations


Send your money in via Just Giving


our justgiving page

BACS transfer

Send your money to us via bank transfer/deposit.

Sort Code 60-00-01
Account number 45741905


Send your cheque to us making it payable to Living Streets. Don’t forget to include your workplace name, so we know who the cheque is from! Our address is:

Living Streets
2 America Square,
London EC3N 2LU



More than a third of parents’ biggest concern is overcrowding at the school gates. The latest road casualty statistics show that 37% of children killed on our roads are during school run hours. This is heart-breaking and needs to change.

We need to create safer school walking routes with measures which protect children, such as lower speed limits and better crossings. By enabling and encouraging more families to walk to school, we can reduce the number of cars on our roads and improve safety for everyone.

By fundraising for Happy Shoesday, you help us make streets safer for all and bring back a walking culture. The more we walk, the more our communities become friendlier, safer and nicer places to live.

thank you

Your participation, support and donations are invaluable to us! We want to shout a massive thank you to all the schools who took part in 2018, helping us raise over £25K for our charitable work to create safer streets.



How Happy Shoesday fundraising helps


Along with encouraging millions of children to walk to school we also help schools and local councils improve infrastructure through our school route audits.

Here we give you just a few examples of how your donations could really help Living Streets.

Where your Shoesday donations go

Fundraising for Living Streets

If you are fundraising for Living Streets, Happy Shoesday, please make sure you fundraise legally – and take a moment to read the following guidelines and information before you start.

Happy Shoesday donations

Fundraising Regulator

You are my grubby soul
With me for my morning stroll
Wherever the journey goes
You are the home for my toes

You are the guardian of my feet
As I meander down the street
Where my head may look
You are the ones that keep me grounded

Whether a battered old talking shoe
Or something blue suede and new
To you, I'll always be true
I wouldn't get far without you

Ode to the Shoes, Archie Burden

For some lucky people every day is a shoesday...

Footwear Designer

Here's how every day is a Happy Shoesday for Hannah, a Footwear Designer.

Hannah Martinez

Theatre Shoemaker

Jessica is a shoe designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Jessica Smith, RSC

Shoe carer

Here's how every day is a Happy Shoesday for Derek, a shoe carer.