Teens’ gift to help Leeds homeless

From left, Laura Lungu, Akeel Saleem, Alison Beckwith, James Smithson and Antonio Bess. 'PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
From left, Laura Lungu, Akeel Saleem, Alison Beckwith, James Smithson and Antonio Bess. 'PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Kind-hearted teens in North Leeds have come to the rescue of a homeless shelter in desperate need of an oven.

Teenagers enrolled in the National Citizen Service initiative, based at the Cardigan Centre in Headingley, handed over the long-awaited appliance to relieved bosses at Streetwise, at Crown Point retail park, this week.

The cash was raised through fundraising events including car washes and three-legged races.

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The new oven now means the shelter can serve hot food - as well as just cold food - on site when it opens every Thursday to the homeless in Leeds.

Alison Beckwith, one of Streetwise’s leaders said: “We’re thrilled. It’s been an aim of ours to give hot food at some point so being able to now do that for people who come, is really good.”

She added: “It’s just lovely to see young people showing their caring side and supporting people in Leeds.”

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