Lottery win for homeless is just the ticket

Rev Keightley and staff at the BIBAs

Rev Keightley and staff at the BIBAs

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A city’s homeless have landed an eye-popping Lottery win of almost £300,000.

Preston’s award-winning Foxton Centre has scooped a share of the Big Lotteries Fund to help vulnerable people get their lives back on track.

The drop-in centre, which only recently reopened after a major fire, is one of six projects in the North West to benefit from the Reaching Communities programme.

Another charity doing work in Lancashire - the Children’s Society based in Preston - will also benefit to the tune of £229,731 to help children and young people affected by sexual exploitation or missing from home.

Staff at the Foxton Centre admitted they were “delighted” to secure the funding to carry on working with rough sleepers, sex workers and displaced adults.

“It is very good news,” said director Rev Tim Keightley. “This will secure the programme for the next three years, which is the main thing.

“It may look like an awful lot of money, but it is over three years and that is what it costs to run a decent daytime service for the homeless in Preston.

“We have been running on our reserves of late and, I’ve got to say, the money was getting a bit low. So this is very welcome indeed. We are delighted and I can promise that the money will be put to very good use.”

The Foxton Centre runs a range of services including a community cafe where homless people can get hot meals and access to a host of support measures. Only recently the charity was recognised in the Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs), being voted the Most Inspiring Business of the Year.