Jay's Yorkshire Workshop's emotional surprise for Leeds' Homeless Street Angels after they rescued man living in tent

By Megan Shaw

Tonight's episode of BBC Two's Jay's Yorkshire Workshop will see homeless charity founders Becky and Shelley Joyce from Leeds receive a surprise thank you after being nominated by Ryan Jones, a man they helped get off the streets.

Homeless Street Angels is an award-winning charity founded by sisters Shelley and Becky Joyce. The siblings, along with a team of volunteers, have been supporting the homeless community of Leeds since 2017.

The dedicated team work closely with Leeds City Council and Housing Options to re-house people off the streets and continue to offer ongoing support, food, clothing, furniture and any ongoing help to ensure their clients get back on their feet.

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While Becky and Shelley work tirelessly to help others their own personal lives have not been without tragedy after the charity workers sadly lost their younger sister Abi in 2017.

Abi's death inspired the sisters to want to help others and now they hope to set up a day centre in her name where they can continue to provide constant support to their clients and anyone in need of help.

They said: "Our eventual aim is to open a day centre called Abi House in memory of our other sister Abi, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 39."

The centre would provide mental health support, drug and alcohol counselling and life skills workshops.

Tonight's episode of Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop, (Wednesday, September, 8) will see Becky and Shelly receive a heartwarming gift after being nominated by Ryan Jones, a client whose life they helped turn around after he found himself living in a tent.

In each episode, members of the public nominate local heroes from across Yorkshire to receive a bespoke, handmade piece of wooden furniture to recognise the work they do for their community, often going above and beyond.

Presenter Jay hears first-hand what makes each local hero special and why they are deserving of this thank you.

Becky said: "We have supported Ryan for a number of years now from being in a tent to his new home which we fully furnished and carpeted for him and we continue to support him with food parcels and other help, in fact, he's like part of the family now.

"Ryan wrote in and nominated us and we got straight into the shortlist, it was a complete surprise to us.

"It so emotional and heartwarming and what they created for is was truly amazing."

The team created an angel wing ornament for the sisters in memory of their sister Abi, which will eventually be displayed at the day centre.

Becky added: "When we finally get our day centre Abi house after our sister who passed away, it will go on the wall in the reception."

Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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