Helpers cook up a festive treat for Preston’s homeless people

KIND ACT: Princes Trust team volunteers. From left, Matt Stewart, Wendy Fraser, Amy Atkinson, Kelly Burns, team leader Lee Mangan, Jake Whitehead, Nathan Atkinson and Daniel Walmsley

KIND ACT: Princes Trust team volunteers. From left, Matt Stewart, Wendy Fraser, Amy Atkinson, Kelly Burns, team leader Lee Mangan, Jake Whitehead, Nathan Atkinson and Daniel Walmsley

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Kind volunteers put their skills to the test by cooking up a treat for homeless people in Preston.

The group, which is taking part in a 12-week Prince’s Trust programme, decided to help people at the city’s Foxton Centre. The young people, aged between 16 and 25, had to choose something to do for their ‘challenge week.’

It is a section of the programme that encourages them to meet with people they wouldn’t usually meet in their everyday lives. The team decided to help the homeless and, given the time of the year, they thought it would be fitting to cook a Christmas dinner.

So the team of 12 got to work and, with the help of businesses and using their initiative, they sourced the ingredients to cook for around 50 people. On Wednesday, seven members of the group took over the kitchen at the Foxton Centre, and made lunch for homeless people at the centre.

The national programme is run locally by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Team leader Lee Mangan said: “They did it all from scratch. They wanted to help the homeless. They went to Emmaus, who put them in touch with the Foxton Centre. We did a couple of bag packs and fund-raising and rang local businesses and sourced enough for a mini-Christmas dinner for 40 to 50 people.

“The people at the Foxton Centre were overwhelmed. They were made up having a young team coming in and taking over the kitchen. We can’t thank them enough, they were really accommodating.”

The next Prince’s Trust programme in Preston starts on January 26. Email prestontl@lancsfirerescue.org.uk