When North Middlesex University Hospital's director of finance, David Stacey, went to a bed meeting to help improve patient flow, he never imagined his shoes would become a national talking point.
But on hearing that a patient couldn't go home because he didn't have any shoes, David stepped up and gave away his own.
A picture of the size eight lace-ups from Matalan which David kept as spares in his desk was posted on Twitter and within hours the kind gesture was attracting interest around the world.
David Stacey, director of finance Frank Stocksley
David, 33, a father of one from south west London said: “I didn’t think anything of it at the time, I just thought, ‘I can help and I don’t even need the shoes because they are too big for me’."
The patient - Frank Stocksley, 57, from Cheshunt - was delighted to receive them. He had been admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit a week earlier with a metabolic disorder, having been rushed in by ambulance without his shoes.
He said: “They’ve looked after me like royalty here but I’m really pleased to be going home and with a pair of shoes. But they are a bit posh for me, so I am planning to give them to charity as soon as I can because I want someone else to benefit from them.”
North Middlesex University Hospital chief executive, Maria Kane, said: “We’re delighted to have got Frank home. David's gesture is one of the many small acts of kindness by staff to patients every day. I'm very proud of them.”
David added: “I didn't expect any of this attention. It was just a random act of kindness because I could help. They were a modest pair of shoes which I had in my desk drawer because of the weather and they were too big for me. I never expected anything more to come of it!"