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'We just try and make them feel human again' - the street kitchen that aims to put a smile back on homeless people's faces

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For all the latest news from in and around Bolton, sign up for the free MyBolton newsletter There is a pain behind the eyes of one visitor to Homeless Aid UK's regular street kitchen.

The man has been on the streets for 'years' but still musters a cheeky smile and a laugh, while joking with co-founder Billa Ahmed under the iconic arches of Le Mans Crescent in the centre of Bolton.

But behind the banter, it's clear to see that he has been through the mill. Explaining what Billa means to him, the man said: "He's lovely.

I love him, he's a top guy. "I've slept on and off for years but he's always looked after me. "I'll be honest, at times I've tried to end myself but something above has brought me back. "That guy, without him..." It was at

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