Nine-year-old fund-raiser from Dunmow makes £710 for homeless people

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 January 2017

Maddison Loveday who held a raffle to raise money for homeless people with the winner of one of the prize hampers.

Maddison Loveday who held a raffle to raise money for homeless people with the winner of one of the prize hampers.

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A girl aged nine who was so distressed when she saw people sleeping on the street in London that she decided to get some money to help them has raised more than £700.

Maddison Loveday, a pupil at Great Dunmow Primary School, held a raffle at her school’s Christmas fair. Businesses in the district had donated prizes including a TV set and items which mum Nickie made up into hampers of food, drink and cosmetics.

Nickie said: “The total raised by Maddison was £710. This is almost enough for 32 people to have a Christmas lunch and bed for the night.

“Maddison was in shock when we counted the money, as we had just been collecting it in a tin. Her jaw hit the floor, she was amazed that people had been so generous.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated gifts for the raffle and bought tickets.”

Maddison was shocked last month when her family took her to London to see a pantomime and she saw people sleeping in doorways. She asked her parents: “Why don’t they go home?” and was upset to hear that they had no homes. The money she has raised will go to Crisis at Christmas which provides people with food, shelter and advice.

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