Feast of food and fun for Blackburn homeless

Tyler Reed, 13, Stephanie Reed and Linda Richardson, from Nelson serve food in the car park

Tyler Reed, 13, Stephanie Reed and Linda Richardson, from Nelson serve food in the car park

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by

KIND-hearted volunteers turned a Blackburn car park into a street party for homeless people last night.

Strangers came together as part of the Help The Homeless internet movement to put on a feast of food and music, and to give advice about a variety of issues.

Wesley Hall, the event’s project manager, celebrated his 32nd birthday at the gathering, which was held in the car park opposite Blackburn fire station, in Byrom Street.

Mr Hall said it was an opportunity to make a positive difference in the community.

The Burnley man, who has faced homelessness himself, said: “I’m not interested in presents or anything for me. All I wanted is for people to turn up with a plate, tray, container, or pan of food for the homeless of East Lancashire, or even some clothing, or toiletries.

“Sadly, we can’t house everyone, but to lift up their morale I’m hosting an event for them to have a feast, get some clothing, haircuts, some housing advice, entertainment, soft drinks and hot drinks, bedding, and sign-posting to various agencies and organisations that can help them.”

Muhammad Hussain, owner of Smart Chocolate in Calendar Street, Blackburn, took cakes and crisps to the event.

He said: “Wesley invited me on Facebook and I’ve been to a few things like this before. It’s really great.

“Everyone has desires to have nice things but some people are less fortunate.

“Sometimes homeless people don’t get treated like human beings, but they’re just the same as us.

Billie-Jean Ashworth, who travelled with friends from Colne, said: “We’ve brought some snacks and toiletries. The feedback has been really positive from everyone.”

Earlier this year, volunteers braved gale force winds and freezing temperatures to help the homeless in Burnley after being inspired by a single message on Facebook.

Every Wednesday night, the volunteers set up a mobile food kitchen on the car park, give away clothing, as well as helpful advice.

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7:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Reasons says...

Random acts of Kindness show brighter than the sun
Random acts of Kindness show brighter than the sun Reasons
  • Score: 7

9:34am Fri 1 Aug 14

zabby says...

We could solve the homeless problem,simply by housing our own people before housing immigrants,or stop foreighn aid and build more social housing,stopping nhs tourists would save enough to build a new city over a few years,,,,,,the money is there to solve the problem it just needs priority over the things I mentioned earlier
We could solve the homeless problem,simply by housing our own people before housing immigrants,or stop foreighn aid and build more social housing,stopping nhs tourists would save enough to build a new city over a few years,,,,,,the money is there to solve the problem it just needs priority over the things I mentioned earlier zabby
  • Score: 8

7:24pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Jimmyyy says...

Whilst this is a wonderful thing to do for the homeless, there is so much more that can be done. Statistics show that in 2013, there were over 600,000 EMPTY homes in the UK. Although there are no official statistics for the number of homeless, I strongly suspect this number of empty homes would cover them all, home grown and foreign. Let's not discriminate because we are, after all, all human beings.

I find it incredible that in this "civilised" society we can have so many homeless people, when there are so many empty homes! The problem? Money and GREED (On behalf of the banking cartels!) The banks have all the money and yet, no heart.

A campaign should be started to get all these homeless people off the streets, to fill these empty homes... This would solve a major problem facing homeless people who struggle to apply for help and jobs because "no fixed abode" is not an address they can have a letter sent to.
Whilst this is a wonderful thing to do for the homeless, there is so much more that can be done. Statistics show that in 2013, there were over 600,000 EMPTY homes in the UK. Although there are no official statistics for the number of homeless, I strongly suspect this number of empty homes would cover them all, home grown and foreign. Let's not discriminate because we are, after all, all human beings. I find it incredible that in this "civilised" society we can have so many homeless people, when there are so many empty homes! The problem? Money and GREED (On behalf of the banking cartels!) The banks have all the money and yet, no heart. A campaign should be started to get all these homeless people off the streets, to fill these empty homes... This would solve a major problem facing homeless people who struggle to apply for help and jobs because "no fixed abode" is not an address they can have a letter sent to. Jimmyyy
  • Score: 1

7:27pm Mon 4 Aug 14

hairy mary says...

I am in agreement and agree to agree with this story agreed
I am in agreement and agree to agree with this story agreed hairy mary
  • Score: 0

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