You may have seen local model and photographer Jan Cacko pictured around Milton Keynes and in various men’s magazines.
But what you might not know about the stylish 23-year-old is that he is a model citizen in more ways than one – as he regularly delivers food to the homeless in MK.
Jan’s modelling career has taken off since he was asked to become the face of Braid Barbers at the centre:mk two years ago, regularly modelling for popular men’s grooming brands such as Apothecary 87.
But rather than spending his money on himself, the former MK College student hopes his flourishing career can benefit MK’s homeless.
Jan said: “It’s very humbling to be asked to do all these crazy modelling jobs because when I was at school no-one really batted an eyelid at me.
“But I just want to help people out and I started giving food to the homeless when I worked at a local coffee shop.
“I couldn’t believe the amount of out-of-date food that went to waste so I started bagging it up and delivering it to the 10 to 15 homeless people on my walk home.
“I still do it now. If I’m going to Sainsbury’s in The Hub there is usually a homeless guy that sits just outside so I’ll always buy him a sandwich and a bottle of Coke.
“Anything I can do at that time I will more than happily do, because what am I going to spend that £5 on?”
He added: “There’s also a chap named John who is in The Hub a lot. He used to be a builder but he got in a bad way and has ended up on the streets, which can happen to anyone.
“He’s such a humble, peaceful, lovely man. Homeless people want to get better but how can they when they can’t get a job because they don’t have an address?
“They are stuck in a vicious circle so I see it as my duty as a fellow human to help them out if I can.”
Photos by by Kim Hardy, Robert Braid and Liam Oakes.
This article was first published in the May issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine.