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‘Best-ever’ festive time for homeless

Staff and colunteers enjoyed a takeaway donated by a generous businessman for New Year's Eve celebrations at Streetlife shelter, Blackpool

Staff and colunteers enjoyed a takeaway donated by a generous businessman for New Year's Eve celebrations at Streetlife shelter, Blackpool

Bosses at a Blackpool homeless shelter have thanked people for their generous donations over the festive season.

Gifts of food, clothing and vouchers meant young homeless people seeking shelter at Streetlife could enjoy their “best Christmas ever”.

The shelter, based on Buchanan Street, saw a range of donations, from nine pallets of fresh fruit delivered from a Layton greengrocers, knitted hats from Wrea Green Women’s Institute and a takeaway from a Blackpool businessman for youngsters to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Shelter team leader Pete Tomkinson said: “We’ve been overwhelmed, I think we’ve had more than in previous years. It helps us massively, food donations mean we’re able to sit down and have a structured meal together, and it was really nice to be able to give them presents.

“Some of the young people said it’s been the best Christmas they’ve ever had.”

Officers from the custody desk at Blackpool police station dropped off a hamper of goodies to be given as gifts.

Mr Tomkinson said: “For the young people to see the other side of policing certainly had an impact on them.”

And one family delivered an Indian takeaway for young people to enjoy, with the staff at Akash Tandoori on Topping Street giving them the food for half price on hearing it was to be given to charity.

Mr Tomkinson added: “We’ve been really blessed by the community support we have recieved - it really strengthens our spirit.”

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