BOXING hero Ricky Hatton delivered a knockout blow as he gave out presents to the homeless.
The previous two-weight world champion donated dozens of baggage stuffed with meals, toiletries and garments to a charity supporting tough sleepers.
The 39-year-old shared tales about overcoming his battles with booze and medicines whereas handing out Christmas presents.
The Hitman, who has been a patron of Christian charity Barnabus in Manchester for 3 years, informed SunSport On-line: “It’s a charity that’s very near my coronary heart. Christmas is a time for being round your folks and family members.
“I’ve had issues with my household so Christmas is at all times a tricky time for me but it surely’s nowhere even near what these individuals must undergo.
“I don’t envy what these individuals are experiencing so to convey them some meals, some toiletries to assist see them by way of is the least I can do.
“It’s fantastic after they can simply have a pleasant cup of tea and a little bit of meals of their stomach. However most likely a very powerful factor to have is that little little bit of reassurance that comes from having a dialog with individuals.
“Simply to take a seat down and inform somebody: ‘Pay attention I do know issues are robust for the time being however issues will get higher.’
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“Generally unfair criticism is directed on the homeless as individuals worry all the cash is simply going to go on drink on medication.
“When truly the cash is doing the very reverse – it’s attempting to get them off drink and medicines.
“The individuals right here at Barnabus deserve a medal and that’s why yearly I come right here and take a look at use my place to assist.
“I’ve had my very own issues with drink and with medication and I can relate to a whole lot of what these are going by way of.
“I’ve been on the underside rung of the ladder. However look the place I’m, I’ve overcome loads and serving to others to the identical is what it’s all about for me now.”
Town centre began over 26 years in the past and serve sizzling breakfasts each morning to as much as 80 homeless individuals.
Ricky, who donned a Santa Claus hat on the drop off final week, was swamped by dozens of homeless individuals determined to thank him for his generosity.
Carol Worth, Barnabus’ growth fundraising supervisor, added: “He’s such a celebrity however much more so right down to earth.
“Ricky’s a completely pretty lad and it’s an honour to have him on board.
“He’s carried out so many fantastic for issues for the charity over time and his kindness actually goes a protracted strategy to serving to individuals who want it.”
The charity run a drop in centre offering sizzling meals, showers and help to the homeless.
In addition they have nurses who present fundamental first help and healthcare training, whereas providing the possibility for some to enrol in programs to study new expertise for future employment.
To donate and for extra info go to www.barnabus-manchester.org.uk