Homeless Leeds charity St George’s Crypt were knocked out by a visit from former champion boxer Amir Khan.
The two-time world light welterweight boxing champion brought his team from the Amir Khan Foundation - set up in August last year - to learn about the needs of clients from the charity, which helps homeless and disadvantaged people in the city and across West Yorkshire.
His foundation aims to support deprived and disadvantaged children and young people nationally and internationally.
During their visit, Amir and his team served curry and rice to over 80 visitors to the crypt and chatted to the clients to learn more about the charity’s work.
Amir took to Twitter afterwards to write: “In Leeds feeding the homeless at St George’s Crypt. Amazing meeting them...@AKFoundation giving them hope.”
Martin Patterson, a crypt director, said: “We are delighted that Amir Khan and the team from the Foundation have been able to visit the Crypt.
“We concentrate on providing effective training and engagement opportunities in order to help our clients to move in life from an increasingly complex range of challenges brought on by issues as homelessness, addiction, mental and physical health problems, poor education and family breakdown.
“Amir’s visit is a real inspiration for our clients and they were delighted to meet him.”
Coun Bill Urry, lead member for homelessness at Leeds City Council, which helped arrange the visit, said: “Working in partnership to support people through their toughest times is key to helping end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Providing a hot meal or a listening ear is just the start. Organisations like St George’s Crypt and the Amir Khan Foundation work with people over time to rebuild stable lives.”
Riz Malik, on behalf of the Amir Khan Foundation, said he hoped to continue working with St George’s Crypt in the future.
He said: “We in the Foundation are looking for opportunities to make a real difference to people who have suffered disadvantage and poverty in their lives.
“St George’s Crypt – through its work with homeless people since 1930 – is an excellent example of a charity producing innovative solutions for its clients, and we hope to be able to establish a long term relationship with the crypt in helping them to continue producing effective solutions.”