A FORMER footballer and businessman has joined forces with a restaurant to provide food for young homeless people based at the town’s St Basils charity.
Ben Markall, who used to play for Stoke City and Burton Albion and now runs Premier Progress, has teamed up with Belbroughton’s Five Spice as part of the drive to end food poverty and ensure all children are fed throughout the pandemic.
Free meals are being offered to young people from 1pm to 4pm every Sunday and St Basils will receive as much food as it needs on that day.
Ben, who lives in Cofton Hackett, struggled with mental health and addiction and has created his business to help young people who encounter similar issues.
Premier Progress coaches, mentors and undertakes one-to-one sessions for people who are struggling mentally, using football as a way of tackling their problems.
Ben added: “It was a very humbling experience for myself and for Five Spice who kindly donated meals and will continue to do so.
“I myself faced difficult times that people may not even be aware off, so for me I wanted to ensure that I helped people who might be struggling more than we know.
“If anyone is struggling or needs anything please reach out.”