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F Ball employee on a mission to end homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent

AMID the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, an F Ball and Co employee is on a mission to help those struggling most.

Calvin Hambleton, who is a warehouse operative at F Ball, is raising funds for the Lou Macari Foundation, which aims to end homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent and provides support, accommodation and meals to about 50 people at the Macari Centre, in Hanley, to help restore stability to their lives.

Scottish former footballer and manager Lou Macari, who played for Manchester United and Stoke City and lives in Stoke-on-Trent, worked with Stoke-on-Trent council to set up The Macari Centre, which opened in 2016.

To raise funds, Calvin has undertaken a sponsored walk from his hometown of Leek to Tittesworth Reservoir, with his youngest son and brother-in-law also taking part.

On learning of the initiative, F Ball donated £500 towards the cause.

Commenting on the effort, F Ball managing director Mark Hughes said: ‘The local community is a better place for people like Calvin giving their time to such good causes, so we’re absolutely delighted to support this.’

Explaining his motivation, Calvin said: ‘I was holidaying in Brighton when I began buying meals for a homeless lad who was living outside the hotel where we were staying. Speaking to him, I was struck that anyone could get into a situation like that, so I resolved to do something to help people facing homelessness.’
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