Neil Mistry who co-founded Community Spirit in 2014, a weekly soup kitchen was named 2019 Man of the Year.

The Fusion Awards were held on Saturday July 6 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

Speaking on stage he said, “My journey started six years ago in spring 2013 when I had seen a Facebook post looking for people to join a car park in Canterbury Street providing food for the homeless. So I decided to do it.

“I say this award should be for everybody who helps the charity.”

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Community Spirit offer a hot meal, hot drinks and snacks. They also offer emergency provisions such as emergency shelter, sleeping bags and tents as well as toiletries, warm clothing and jackets to those who are homeless.

Now, thanks to the efforts of Neil and his co-founders they manage to feed up to 100 people weekly, and 25-30 street homeless each night, during the colder weather.

Neil has volunteered at Community Spirit, for over five years. As well as working full time, Neil ensures he attends the weekly feed every week.

Neil also manages the accounts and other administration for the charity.