Student raises 1000’s of pounds for homeless man who provided her money

An art pupil living in Preston has raised over £21,000 for a homeless guy, after he offered her his last £3 so that she could get a taxi home securely.

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, who research at the University of Central Lancashire, had misplaced her bank card and essential to get residence soon after a evening out when the homeless man, recognized only as Robbie, presented funds to aid.

The 22-12 months-previous declined the offer, but was so moved by his gesture that she started out a campaign to raise enough funds to aid him get a flat. She set up a donation page and asked men and women to each donate £3 for her fundraiser, which involved investing the evening on the street, along with supporters who had heard about her story by way of social media.

Harrison-Bentzen says: “I out of the blue realised that I had no cash and a homeless guy approached me with his only modify of £3. He insisted I took it to pay for a taxi to make certain I acquired residence risk-free.”

The campaign has acquired international focus, going viral on social media. Since the donation webpage was set up, it has frequently reported technical issues due to “an unusually higher variety of visitors”. Many have tweeted their support, including Ian Brown of the Stone Roses.

Following the fundraiser, which ended on Wednesday morning, Harrison-Bentzen posted on Facebook: “This is not only going to adjust Robbie’s daily life, but [the lives of] an extraordinary sum of homeless people in Preston. Yes, we were cold and yes, we have been hungry, but people endure that 365 days of the 12 months, so for 24 hrs we did not complain.”

The income will be utilised to discover long term accommodation for Robbie and assist other homeless people in the city. Harrison-Bentzen says: “With Robbie’s blessing, we want to support as a lot of individuals as we can. Robbie has presently suggested some neighborhood charities inside Preston who have helped not only him but others during their hardship.

“The following couple of days will be spent cautiously determining the place to donate the funds and how it can be utilized in the most efficient way to benefit the homeless local community inside Preston.”

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