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The Foxton Centre prepares to host Christmas Day for city’s rough sleepers

Posted on - 24th December, 2023 - 9:47am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Christmas, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
Volunteers helping prepare the food. Pic: The Foxton Centre

A homeless charity in Preston has organised Christmas Day events for those sleeping rough.

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The Foxton Centre aim to provide a Christmas similar to one that most people will be able to celebrate in their own homes.

Christmas Dinner will be served at Foxton Day Centre and Kenmure Lodge, which is an emergency hostel accommodation, with the help of staff members and volunteers who will be arriving at 9am on the day.

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Those who use the service, are also helping with the preparation, peeling potatoes and carrots and decorating ready for the big day.

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One of the service users helping with preparations. Pic: The Foxton Centre

An estimated 100 meals will be given out whether that be to the 34 people in supported housing accommodation or to people who come to the day centre to enjoy the social aspect of the day.

The operations manager at the Foxton Centre, George Brierley, is coordinating the events.

She said: “We want the service users to get involved and be a part of the day, they love helping out. It makes them feel valued and equal which is what we want.”

The charity has also had hundreds of gift donations over the festive period from local people and businesses. They are making sure that everyone will have a present to open on Christmas Day.

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George said: “Christmas is about family and friends getting together, it’s supposed to be a joyous time.

“A lot of the people that we support may have lost links with their family, it can be a lonely and sad time for a lot of people.

“People have been so generous, I just want to say a huge thank you. We have had loads and loads of gifts, toiletries, clothing and food.

“This means we can go all out and make the day as special and as happy as possible for those who are going through a hard time.”

The Foxton’s Day Centre on Fox Street will be open on Christmas Day for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping. They are expecting 50-60 people to visit, with the lead-up to Christmas being one of the busiest times of the year.

You can find more information on their website.

The Christmas set-up. Pic: The Foxton Centre

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