Lights stay on at homeless charity

Colleen and Stephen Callaghan have lost more than five stone between them since February. Colleen has now been made a slimming world consultant and is opening a class in Scholes. (d15081144)
Colleen and Stephen Callaghan have lost more than five stone between them since February. Colleen has now been made a slimming world consultant and is opening a class in Scholes. (d15081144)
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A CLECKHEATON woman is battling to help save an outreach programme for homeless people under threat of closure.

City Lights is a charity based at Holme Community Church in Bradford which feeds homeless people once a week in the city’s Centenery Square, but the service is under threat due to lack of funding.

Colleen Callaghan, of Quaker Lane, is one of the organisation’s leading lights, cooking meals once a month for up to 75 people, and she said she would fight tooth and nail to save the service.

“It is a real family atmosphere at City Lights and it would be such a shame if it had to shut down,” she said.

After featuring in the Spenborough Guardian in August having lost three stones with Slimming World, Colleen became a consultant for them and said her work there would support City Lights.

Colleen added: “All the money I now earn from Slimming World will go towards the charity. I am supposed to be saving for my husband’s 50th birthday, so it will probably have to be a small party this year!”

The charity was started in January 2007 by Mark Woodhouse, the minister at Holme Community Church. He said: “Colleen is great – always willing to help out. It costs £120 a week for us to feed people who are down on their luck, but unfortunately, a lot of the people who have been donating to our organisation over the years have come to the end of their capability to contribute.”

Enough money has been secured to keep it going until the new year, but more cash is desperately needed.

To find out more visit www.citylights.co.nr.