Former two time world light welterweight boxing champion, Amir Khan, took time out today to bring his team from the Amir Khan Foundation to learn about the needs and challenges of clients from St George’s Crypt, the well-known charity in Leeds producing solutions for homeless and disadvantaged people from the city and beyond in West Yorkshire.
The Amir Khan Foundation – launched in August last year – has been set up to support deprived and disadvantaged children and young people both internationally and nationally. Amir and his team asked Leeds City Council to put them in touch with a charity which is working extensively with young people who have found themselves in complex and challenging situations through adverse life chances, and the Council approached the Crypt who were delighted to welcome the Foundation today.
Martin Patterson – a Director of the Crypt – said, “We are delighted that Amir Khan and the team from the Foundation have been able to visit the Crypt today. We concentrate on providing effective training and engagement opportunities in order to help our clients to move in life from an increasingly complex range of challenges brought on by issues as homelessness, addiction, mental and physical health problems, poor education and family breakdown. Amir’s visit is a real inspiration for our clients and they were delighted to meet him today”.
Councillor Bill Urry, Lead member for homelessness at Leeds City Council, said “Working in partnership to support people through their toughest times is key to helping end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Providing a hot meal or a listening ear is just the start. Organisations like St George’s Crypt and the Amir Khan Foundation work with people over time to rebuild stable lives. Leeds City Council works with its outreach partners so that homeless people do not have to spend a second night on the street, and so that they get the support they need”.
Riz Malik, on behalf of the Amir Khan Foundation, said “ We in the Foundation are looking for opportunities to make a real difference to people who have suffered disadvantage and poverty in their lives. St George’s Crypt – through its work with homeless people since 1930 – is an excellent example of a charity producing innovative solutions for its clients, and we hope to be able to establish a long term relationship with the Crypt in helping them to continue producing effective solutions”.
During their visit, Amir and his team served curry and rice to over 80 visitors to the Crypt and also met and chatted to the clients to learn more about the charity’s work and how it impacts on those who access the Crypt’s services.
Speaking exclusively to Urban Echo, when asked about his boxing plans and who he wants to fight next, Khan states, “For me, there is only one fight out there and that is with Floyd Mayweather. I think he is running scared because I feel that I have too much speed for him.”
If the Mayweather fight fails to materialise, who does he fight instead? “I’ve spoken to Manny [Pacquiao] and put the fight in front of him if Mayweather refuses to fight both of us. The fans would love to see me and Manny fight and hopefully we can deliver a great fight for the fans to enjoy,” he concludes.