Urban Outreach has been chosen as Bolton Wanderers’ local charity of the year having been working with vulnerable people in town for more than two decades.
Best known for its Winter Watch programme, its café for homeless people and the Storehouse food bank, Urban Outreach also has projects which find accommodation and support homeless people, rehabilitate both male and female ex-offenders, support families with multiple problems and work with children and young people who go missing from home.
Speaking following the announcement, Dave Bagley, the charity’s chief executive said, “We are delighted that Bolton Wanderers have chosen us as their local charity partner.
“The opportunity to work with the club to help disadvantaged individuals and families is really exciting.
“We’re especially pleased that our Grub Tubs will be going into the club so staff and fans can donate food items that we can pass on to those in need."
Club chaplain Phil Mason echoed his sentiments, adding, “We are delighted to be supporting Urban Outreach and helping with the appeal for food through the Grub Tubs.
“Last Christmas our own Stuart Holden became linked with the charity through Holden’s Gifts of Hope and helped with the collection of much needed food for the Storehouse project that helps create food parcels for those that need it the most.
“Following the collection of the food, Stuart and his brother Euan went to help out with creating Christmas hampers to deliver Christmas in a box to people who had very little for the festive period.”
For those interested in becoming involved with the charity’s Grub Tub scheme, tubs will be located in churches, shops, community centres and schools around Bolton.