Pastor Mick Fleming has devoted all of his time in this lockdown to supporting the poorest communities in Burnley. But his life hasn’t always been this way. He tells us how he swapped a life of crime and dealing drugs for supporting people 24/7 with food parcels, clothes, through suicide attempts and drug relapses. And says that the suffering of the poorest members of his town should make society deeply uncomfortable, more now in the covid crisis, than ever.
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