Higham Ferrers girl, 6, launches campaign to help the homeless this winter

A six-year-old girl has launched a campaign to help homeless people as the nights start to turn cold.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:04 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:15 pm
Jenna Bevan.

Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School pupil Jenna Bevan noticed a homeless person earlier this year and started to ask her mum questions about the troubles they face.

She decided to donate items to a homeless shelter, but now she wants more people to help her with her ‘Keep Them Warm’ campaign.

Jenna’s mum Natalie Dean said: “She has been asking regularly about how people become homeless, where they sleep, how they get food and how they keep warm.

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“As the weather has turned cold she has got quite upset about them being too cold.

“We have chatted about it and she wants to donate some ‘warm things’ for them.

“I have contacted our local Hope Centre and they will be arranging a tour of their shelter for her so she can see how they help.”

Jenna was given a ‘warm list’ by the Hope Centre in Northampton and has already started collecting items.

SHe is also fundraising online to buy items to take to shelters at the end of the month.

The page has already raised almost £100 but she is hoping to raise even more.

Mum Natalie said: “We want to go along with as many items as possible to pass on to make this winter a little easier for some.

“On November 30 any money we’ve raised will be used to go and buy bits and bobs to take to the shelter.

“I’m incredibly proud of Jenna and how she wants to help people who aren’t as fortunate as us.”

Items that Jenna is looking for people to donate include: clothing, thermals, boots rucksacks, hot water bottles, sleeping bags, dried food, toiletries, other essentials and Christmas sweets and treats.

If you can donate items, contact Natalie by emailing [email protected] or via the campaign’s Facebook page to arrange collection in Northants.

To donate money to Jenna’s campaign online to help her buy items, click here.