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The Prize

James Purefoy, English actor, producer and director, is the celebrity ambassador for Small Steps Project. He has said, “What Small Steps have achieved in their relatively brief existence is akin to a minor, but very beautiful, miracle. They have turned lives around. They are the embodiment of that lovely phrase ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.' I am proud and humbled to be associated with them.”

James has been a supporter of the charity since we began and donates shoes every year. This year, James has kindly donated a pair of Mezlan black navy chevron slippers, UK size 11, signed on the front of both shoes. Last year, he donated a pair of boots from Hap and Leonard and said, “That belonged to Hap. All the way to you from Atlanta. xx James Purefoy.”

"The shoes are worn by my character, Laurens Bancroft, in the show I've just done for Netflix called Altered Carbon. It's a vast sci-fi epic set 500 years in the future. Bancroft is a 350 year-old trillionaire. No problems at all with feeling 350. The trillionaire part, however, is a different matter..."


  • Mezlan black navy chevron slippers
  • UK 11
  • Signed on the front of the shoes


(Photo Credit: I Heart Studios)

The Cause

Small Steps Project is a UK charity that wants to inspire everyone to take a small step, because together it is possible to make a difference.

From people volunteering their skills and attending their events, to companies donating their products and services, Small Steps raises funds that go to those who need it most. First, they provide emergency aid, shoes and food to children and communities living on municipal rubbish dumps around the world. Then they provide support for children to take steps into education, and adults into employment.

They deliver their projects in two phases. In the first phase they deliver emergency aid distribution projects, providing items that will protect people from the immediate dangers on rubbish dumps—from shoes, gloves and clothing to mosquito nets, food and water. This enables them to establish the demographics of the dump and devise and implement the second phase of sustainable projects that aims to reduce the time children spend on dumps and support them in taking small steps into education.

Small Steps Project makes documentary films and organises campaigns, such as Celebrity Shoe Auctions, to boost awareness and raise funds for this huge, but often overlooked, global situation.

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