THE MOTHER of Simon Holt, a Bradford man who suffered at the hands of an evil sex "monster", has set up a homeless kitchen in his memory.

Simon Holt, 44, bravely gave evidence in court against self-styled preacher Brian Jackson, helping to convict him of a 30-year campaign of rape, brutality and sexual assault against at least six victims.

But shortly after he hanged himself after a long-standing battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and heroin addiction.

Mum Dorothy Holt says she is determined to make sure her much-loved son, described as a "beautiful person", is remembered by the city.

The Bradford Street Kitchen, set up in partnership with Homeless Leeds Support Group, will take place every Thursday between 6.30pm and 8pm - opposite Nationwide Building Society on Tyrell Street.

She told the Telegraph & Argus: "I lost my wonderful boy Simon, whom I love dearly.

"It took me on another journey when Simon died and this is the journey that I'm on.

"At the end of the day we are people helping people. That is all we're doing and I want to help the people of Bradford.

"Simon is feeding the homeless of Bradford.

"He'd say 'Good on ya, Mother'.

"I met Dave Hedley in Leeds. He started all the kitchen's all over West Yorkshire, he's got 15 kitchens to which we all get donations.

"We'd like to have people come with donations, we're desperate."

David Hedley, who set up his first street kitchen in 2015, said the number of people accessing the service has increased - including those trying to make ends meet on universal credit.

He said: "The numbers have gone up.

"I started the kitchens up by coming across a lad on the street. I couldn't understand how people could have a job, have a family to being on the streets.

"We've got tomato soup, curry and rice, cakes, pie and peas, hot dogs... we know there's a lot of people out there who are genuinely struggling."

The Bradford Street Kitchen will be run by team leaders Natalie Webster and Karen Holroyd - both scouted by Dave after helping out the Leeds kitchen.

And in an effort to raise awareness about the street kitchen, aimed at not only the homeless but struggling families in need, Dorothy is hoping Bradford City will get involved.

A similar kitchen in Huddersfield has won backing from Huddersfield Town.

She said: "I'm pleading with Bradford City football club for donations to help us with our cause.

"Simon was a staunch Bradford City fan. City all the way!"