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Here’s how you can help the Foxton Centre this winter

Posted on - 26th November, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Jeff Marsh, CEO at The Foxton Centre
Jeff Marsh, CEO at The Foxton Centre

The Foxton Centre has launched an appeal for help as it enters its 50th year.

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November 26 marks 49 years since the centre in Knowsley Street, Avenham, first opened its doors.

As it enters its 50th year, the centre is asking people to take part in a year of activities and fundraising on the theme of 50.

Jeff Marsh, CEO of the Foxton Centre, said: “You could have a tea party with a 1950s theme, or collect 50p coins, or make 50 cupcakes. Whatever takes your fancy.”

Read more: Preston’s homeless figures are the lowest in the region.

The Foxton Centre is also looking for memories and photographs from people who have used the centre over the years.

Jeff said: “The Foxton Centre was established by Brian Foxton, from the Minster, in 1969.

“There used to be a really active table tennis club here with people representing England.

“We are best known for our work with the homeless but we still run a youth club funded by Children in Need and have a project for street sex workers.”

The Foxton Centre always welcomes donations of food for their breakfast club which provides a morning meal for rough sleepers, and non perishable food items.

They also welcome toiletries and washing powder as they provide showers and wash clothes for the homeless.

Jeff said: “In October we helped 65 people who were rough sleeping at least part of the time. We managed to get 32 of them into temporary accommodation.

“We always need donations of new underwear and socks and in the run up to Christmas it’s nice to have little gifts or selection boxes.

“Being on the streets is a very dehumanising experience and anything that helps is welcome.

“We would always say to people that a bit of kindness doesn’t go amiss. If someone asks you for money, you don’t have to give it, but a kind word can make a difference.”

If you would like to donate or volunteer, please visit the Foxton Centre website.

Full list of items Foxton would like donated

Food and Beverages

Coffee

Long life milk

Cereal and Breakfast bars

Biscuits and cakes

Mince pies

Selection boxes

Chocolates

Tinned pies

Tinned vegetables

Soup

Beans and spaghetti

Corned beef

Clothes and Toiletries

Men’s and women’s new underwear

Shower gel

Men’s and women’s deodorant

Shampoo and conditioner

Razors

Gift sets

Hats, scarves and gloves

If possible, the centre would also really appreciate shoeboxes filled with wipes, chocolate, gloves and toiletries etc for our street outreach sessions.

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