Centre launches appeal to help feed city’s homeless

Appeal: Rev Tim Keightley at the newly-refurbished Foxton Centre
Appeal: Rev Tim Keightley at the newly-refurbished Foxton Centre
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A homeless refuge which fought back from a serious fire has launched an urgent appeal to help feed its displaced 

The Foxton Centre in Preston is desperate for non-perishable goods to make up food parcels for the rough-sleepers it supports.

“The cupboards are pretty bare,” said Rev Tim Keightley, the centre’s director. “We haven’t been able to collect much over the last few months since the fire because storage has been difficult with the state of the premises. Now we are back up and running we would really appreciate any help we can get.”

The centre, in Knowsley Street, Avenham, has now recovered from an arson attack in March which caused widespread damage. A lunchtime cafe has re-opened to serve up to 50 homeless people on a daily basis. The centre’s youth clubs are also back in action.

But the five months of closure have taken their toll on supplies of tinned and packet foods which are the staples of parcels handed out to the needy.

“Dried foods, pasta, rice, pot noodles are all really useful,” said Rev Keightley. “Tins of food, especially those with ring pull tops, like baked beans, meat and tuna would be great too. Any excess which we get can also be used in the cafe which is very heavily subsidised and reliant on the generosity of groups and individuals.

“Things obviously get depleted and, when you have problems like we have had, supplies just dry up. We know there are other places across Preston collecting food and where people go to donate it. But we would really appreciate any help they can give to our project.”

The centre is also looking for donations of warm clothing to hand out to rough sleepers.