Breakfast for the most needy

Photo: David Hurst'Storehouse Project Manager for Living Waters Church, Chorley, Carol Halton, with volunteer David Sidwell and the almost empty shelves in the food bank

Photo: David Hurst'Storehouse Project Manager for Living Waters Church, Chorley, Carol Halton, with volunteer David Sidwell and the almost empty shelves in the food bank

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AS the famous saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

However, there will be a free breakfast offered to the homeless in Chorley.

A new project will launch on Monday to provide porridge, toast, tea and coffee to people in need.

The scheme, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country, is being run by volunteers at the Chorley United Reformed Church, in Hollinshead Street, with the charity Help the Homeless.

The news comes just days after volunteers from the town’s food bank made a desperate appeal for help as their cupboards ran bare.

Now, they have been offered help from staff at Tesco in Buckshaw 
Village and LEP readers have been coming forward with food.

Speaking about the breakfast club, Rev Martin Whiffen, from the church, said: “For a long time, members of our church have wanted to do something to help people in need.

“We were then approached by Help the Homeless who asked us if there was any possibility of working together.

“Initially we had thought about starting a soup kitchen, but soon realised that the logistics would be very difficult and it would be hard to help those who really needed it.

“That’s when the idea for the free breakfast was suggested.”

The scheme will run on a Monday morning from 7am to 9am from the church premises and could be rolled out daily if it proves successful.

Rev Whiffen added: “The charity is working with a lot of people in the town who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.

“It is a bit of a hidden problem in the town as people are often taken in by friends or relatives, but at the end of the day they don’t have anywhere permanent to live and are homeless.

“It is surprising how many people are sleeping rough too, and we hope we’ll be able to help by offering them a warm breakfast and somewhere to go.

“Staff from Help the Homeless will also be on hand to offer advice and point people in the right direction if they need any further help.”

Anyone who would like to support the scheme can contact Rev Whiffen on: 01257 273222 or email: martinwhiffen@btinternet.com.