Flippin’ inspirational

Raising money to help orphans affected by the 2004 tsunami are (clockwise) Gandy's Flip Flop co-founder Paul Forkan, Sheila Taylor, of Armthorpe, Joanne Dixon, of Cusworth, Sue Holmes, of Skellow, Unshoesual owner Lara Sokolow, and her mum Maggie Sokolow.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2182LM
Raising money to help orphans affected by the 2004 tsunami are (clockwise) Gandy's Flip Flop co-founder Paul Forkan, Sheila Taylor, of Armthorpe, Joanne Dixon, of Cusworth, Sue Holmes, of Skellow, Unshoesual owner Lara Sokolow, and her mum Maggie Sokolow. Picture: Liz Mockler D2182LM

A SHOE shop has teamed up with a business run by a family who suffered incredible tragedy during the tsunami disaster in 2004.

Six children were left orphaned when they survived but mum Sandra Forkan and dad Kevin died when the disaster struck their holiday home in Sri Lanka.

Since the heartache, the Forkan’s three sons Hampshire-based Matty, Paul and Rob embarked on an inspirational business selling flip flops in which ten per cent of the proceeds go to Children Walking Tall - a charity helping slum and street children in Goa.

After hearing their story at a shoe exhibition in London, Lara Sokolow wanted to sell their ‘Gandys Flip Flops’ brand in her Warmsworth shop called Unshoesual.

She said: “We’d been let down by another flip flop supplier and saw Gandys in the directory. They gave us a postcard to read and it was really moving.

“As I am still a new business too, I wanted to support them and also felt that they are turning a negative into a positive which is an inspiration.

“We’re proud to be supporting such a great cause and will continue to do so.”

A fundraiser was held at the Mill Lane store to sell the footwear and raised around £100.