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Knife attack victim Ben Selby holds charity drive for the homeless
THE victim of a vicious knife attack has been helping homeless people on the streets of Bournemouth with the support of charity Turn Your Back UK.
Ben Selby, 30, needed 50 stitches after being slashed from his eye to his chin by a clubber who pulled out a knife on the dance floor of V Club in Bournemouth town centre this year.
He organised the homeless charity drive on December 4 along with his friend Jody Hall as Ben had experience of sleeping rough after leaving prison at the age of 19. They joined forces with knife crime charity Turn Your Back UK which was founded by Jane Ormerod whose son, Nicholas, was stabbed to death in Boscombe last year.
Ben said: “We are targeting the homeless because I know how tough it is to sleep rough, especially at this time of the year.
“When I came out of prison I was homeless for a few days and had nowhere to go. If you are a young, healthy man with no drug or alcohol addiction then you receive no support.”
The group handed out food, blankets and clothes to homeless people near the pier, through the town centre and around Horseshoe Common.
Jane even donated some of Nicholas’ clothes to help the homeless charity drive.
She said: “I went along and supported the boys and we met some very interesting people. Ben has been really instrumental with our charity because as a victim he can attend awareness events and speak about his experiences.”
Ben and Jody also filmed the homeless drive as they are producing a documentary for their company Ego Video Productions.
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