AS a mum to four girls, time is of the essence to Kerry Kellett.

Mrs Kellett, of South Avenue, Leigh, can usually be found running around after teenage daughters Chantelle and Robyn, and 10-year-old Ellisha, while taking nine-year-old Amy — who has a congenital heart condition — to hospital appointments.

But it has not stopped the 34-year-old from dedicating her spare time to helping homeless people in Leigh.

She started by handing out food and drink to the homeless after seeing just how many people were living on the streets.

Eight weeks on and the number of volunteers who help her has grown and they have helped countless people with nowhere else to go.

Mrs Kellett said: “It just seems like there are more people living on the street than ever before and, if everyone gave a little in food donations, it would make a huge difference.

“I just started by going out on my own because I wanted to give whatever I could and then others started to get involved and it has just grown.”

Mrs Kellett holds soup kitchens at the Pentecostal Church in Leigh on Mondays and Fridays from 7pm until 9pm and has been researching places and programmes that homeless people can go to for help.

She added: “After a soup kitchen we held a short while ago I deliberately came back without my hat, scarf, gloves and socks because I was going home — but the people I gave them to have nowhere and nothing.

“We need people who can give up their time to help man the soup kitchen, even if it is just half-an-hour one night a week, and for people to donate items like old clothes, a jar of coffee or a pop-up tent.

“I always say homelessness is just a loaf of bread away and, if it happened to me, I would want to know there was somewhere I could go for help.”

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