Following the success of last year’s event which raised donations worth more than £1,000, Leicester’s Phoenix cinema is once again staging a special charity film screening in aid of the homeless.

Anyone who brings a donation to the Phoenix box office will get a free ticket to see the popular new film about a homeless man and his cat – A Street Cat Named Bob – on Friday 9 Dec at 7.30pm.

Donations can be non-perishable foods – such as pasta or tinned soups – or other items such as clothing, cleaning equipment or small gifts that can spread some Christmas cheer. Donations can be brought in at any time, including on the night.

All donations will be packed by Phoenix staff and handed to Leicester charity Action Homeless to be distributed to homeless and vulnerably-housed people around Leicester in time for Christmas.

“Last year Phoenix received hundreds of donations worth over £1,000, plus £168 in cash. People were particularly generous with winter clothing – one customer even went to the trouble of knitting a baby’s jumper!” said Patrick Welsh, Phoenix Marketing Manager.

Useful food items include Milk (UHT or powdered), sugar, fruit juice, pasta sauces, vegetables (tinned), cereals, tea bags/instant coffee, rice/pasta, tinned meat/fish and tinned fruit.

Other items include kitchen and basic cleaning equipment, toiletries (e.g. shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant), new men’s hats, scarves, gloves and socks and good quality children’s toys.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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