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Refuge ready to reopen after fire

Positive: Tim Keightley at the newly refurbished Foxton Centre following the fire

Positive: Tim Keightley at the newly refurbished Foxton Centre following the fire

A Preston refuge for the homeless will officially reopen next month, five months after a blaze damaged the building.

The majority of services at the Foxton Centre are back up and running with a few finishing touches to go ahead of an official event on September 19.

The fire started outside the centre and spread through a window, causing extensive damage inside the building in March this year.

Centre director Rev Tim Keightley said: “We are nearly ready, there’s a few bits of furniture to arrive but the cafe and stuff we run during the day has been up and running for a few weeks.

“The youth work is up and running and we thought we would combine a lunch and AGM with a thank you to organisations and people who have supported us over the last few months.

“The staff have been magnificent we have tried to run as much as we can from here or other buildings. The fire was on March 9, it’s been a long haul. We have used it as an opportunity to re-think what we offer. In terms of what we are running we are running the same if not more.”

He added: “We have had donations and offers of support some of the work was done through the insurance but we had offers of painting and that kind of thing. It’s well done Preston really.”

 

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