Clothes and food for the homeless

appeal founder: Karl Fleming who runs Buckshaw Fitness in Buckshaw village.
appeal founder: Karl Fleming who runs Buckshaw Fitness in Buckshaw village.
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Homeless and vulnerable people have been given a helping hand thanks to donations of clothes, food and toiletries.

Karl Fleming, who runs Buckshaw Fitness in Buckshaw Village, launched an appeal to help people who use the Foxton Centre in Preston.

He received bags filled with clothes from his clients, friends and family, as well as vouchers worth £250 from supermarket Waitrose.

And he was inundated with donations when his appeal featured in the Evening Post earlier this month.

Karl went to the Foxton Centre last Monday to hand over the goods.

As well as the 50 bags of clothes, Karl bought 60 pairs of gloves, hats and neck warmers using a £150 donation from friend and businessman, David Parsons.

And he put together 60 care boxes filled with food and 60 filled with toiletries, such as toothbrushes and razors.

Karl said: “I’m still getting phone calls from people wanting to make donations. We must have got a good 50 or 60 bags of clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, shoes, boots, all sorts.

“I didn’t think that many people would be donating clothes and things, but I have probably spent two to four hours each day collecting items.

“It has been time-consuming but it’s been fantastic.”

He thanked everyone who donated to the appeal, particularly Waitrose, his partner Clair Cunningham, David Parsons and Buckshaw Fitness members.

Anyone still wishing to donate should contact the Foxton Centre directly on 01772 555925 or info@thefoxtoncentre.co.uk.