Charity is knocked out by visit from Amir

Boxer Amir Khan meets Phillip John Gillan during a visit to St George's Crypt, Leeds. PIC: Steve Riding
Boxer Amir Khan meets Phillip John Gillan during a visit to St George's Crypt, Leeds. PIC: Steve Riding
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The gloves were off in Leeds yesterday as former champion boxer Amir Khan served up food to the homeless during a visit to the city’s St George’s Crypt charity.

The two-time world light welterweight boxing champion brought his team from the Amir Khan Foundation – set up in August last year – to learn about the needs of clients from the charity, which helps homeless and disadvantaged people in the city and across West Yorkshire.

His foundation aims to support deprived and disadvantaged children and young people nationally and internationally. During their visit, Amir and his team served curry and rice to over 80 visitors to the crypt and chatted to the clients to learn more about the charity’s work. Amir took to Twitter afterwards to write: “In Leeds feeding the homeless at St George’s Crypt. Amazing meeting them...@AKFoundation giving them hope.”

Martin Patterson, a crypt director, said: “We are delighted that Amir Khan and the team from the Foundation have been able to visit the crypt.”

He added: “Amir’s visit is a real inspiration for our clients and they were delighted to meet him today.”