Ahead of the Big PNE Sleep Out returning to Deepdale this November the PNE manager and two players paid a visit to The Fox Street shelter.Advertisement
Hundreds of people are expected to bed down again to help raise much-needed funds to support The Foxton Centre which works with rough sleepers in the city.
One of their centres is in Fox Street and the Day Centre is the focus of the 2023 Big Sleep Out.
Ryan Lowe was accompanied by Kian Taylor and Lewis Leigh as they spent time speaking to people who use the Day Centre and also preparing meals for them.
Watch below as Ryan, Kian and Lewis visit the Fox Street Shelter or view on X
Lowe said: “The ladies and gentlemen in there are doing a fantastic job, trying to keep them off the streets which we know not just in Preston but in Liverpool, Manchester, London, there’s too many people in that situation.
“When there’s people like these probably working for free helping them out then if we can come down and show our support to them because they’re doing a fantastic job.
“Sleeping out at Deepdale and trying to raise some money will be important for the local community and everyone associated with it. I think the Foxton is doing some brilliant work and long may that continue.”
Preston defensive midfielder and Prestonian Kian Taylor joined Lowe on the visit.
He said: “We don’t realise how lucky we are sometimes. And that shows when you visit.
“There are people in there who are now on the up and that’s what it [the Day Centre] is there for.
“The project they’ve got going on is fantastic and it’s great to see the Big PNE Sleep Out raising money for such a good cause.”
Lewis Leigh was alongside Kian in the kitchen and getting stuck in.
He said: “In Preston we’re all one city aren’t we?
“I think if you’re homesless it doesn’t matter where you’re from.
“It means a lot to come here and meet people and have that little connection with the people and the city.”
Operations manager at the Foxton Day Centre, George Brierley, showed Ryan, Kian and Lewis round before putting them to work in the canteen.
She said: “We know just how busy they and I’ve thanked them for taking the time out to come down to Fox Street.
“It was a really good day and they saw what we can offer here at the Day Centre.
“That chance for people to have some food. It’s a warm, safe, space for them. They can get washed, enjoy a hot shower and have that time.
“We’re then able to offer that emotional and practical support as well while they are here.”
The Big PNE Sleep Out will aim to raise £50,000 to support the Foxton’s Day Centre and is taking place on Friday 17 November.
You can sign up via Eventbrite to secure your place for the Sleep Out and once registered you’ll be able to set up a Justgiving page to register your donations and help build towards the £50,000 target.
If you can’t make the event, you can also donate via Justgiving.
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