One Man’s Mission to Help Blackpool’s Homeless

blackpool towers arises above the street of bank hey street
Bank Hey Street Blackpool

Violence towards Blackpool’s homeless must stop, insisted an outraged homelessness campaigner, in the wake of a serious assault on Bank Hey Street in the town centre.

Two men, aged 19 and 21 have today been charged after paramedics rushed to the scene. They found a homeless man in his 20s who had suffered a head injury.

He was treated in hospital, according to a statement by Blackpool police.

Chris Conway, who represents homelessness charity United Blackpool, said he was furious when he heard the news, as he had been working with the victim for some time.

Chris (far left) and some of his volunteers in Blackpool Town Centre

“The man involved is called Jamie, we’ve been engaging with him for a month now, fortunately he’s now been put up in a local hotel for the foreseeable future.”

Chris and the volunteers at United Blackpool have been supporting the resort’s homeless for a number of years. They offer food, clothing and vital information on potential accommodation.

Chris, 26, who works fulltime for Northern Rail, decided to start helping the homeless three years ago, after seeing an increase in the numbers on Blackpool’s streets.

He is now visiting the resort’s high schools to raise awareness and educate teenagers on the impacts of anti-social behaviour towards homeless people.

Chris talking to students at Hodgson Academy in Blackpool.

Chris explained how more needs to be done to change general attitude towards those sleeping rough, he said: “By going into schools and educating young people at an early age, when they’re older and in the town centre on nights out, they will treat the homeless with respect.”

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