Amy’s crusade to help Preston’s homeless

Photo Neil Cross'Amy Moloney, of Leyland, has set up a fundraiser page and is asking for donations so she can go and buy blankets, clothes and food for the homeless to give out over Christmas
Photo Neil Cross'Amy Moloney, of Leyland, has set up a fundraiser page and is asking for donations so she can go and buy blankets, clothes and food for the homeless to give out over Christmas
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A selfless teenager has launched a campaign to help the homeless over Christmas.

Runshaw College student Amy Moloney has set up a funding page to help pay for clothes and food for people on the streets, and plans to give out boxes during the festive period.

The 16-year-old will start helping those in need in Preston, and could then visit other cities if enough cash is raised.

Amy, who lives in Leyland, said: “I set up a Go Fund Me page and people are donating to raise money.

“I’m going to go and buy boxes and fill them with blankets, clothes and food and, starting in Preston, I’m going to go out and deliver them to people on the streets.”

Amy made boxes last year, but didn’t give them out directly.

She said: “I made about 10 boxes but when I took them out on Christmas Eve there weren’t many homeless people around, so I left them in a church.

“This year, I thought if I start a bit earlier I’ll be able to meet the people and have a conversation.

“A while ago I met a homeless man and he asked if I had any change. I didn’t because I had just bought a drink, so I gave him the drink and spoke to him.

“He said the time I spent talking to him meant more than the drink.”

Amy, who also runs anti-bullying campaign DBDTB – Don’t Back Down To Bullying – and has helped raise money for Parkinson’s, said: “I just try to help as many people as I can.”

Amy set up the anti-bullying campaign after being bullied throughout high school, and said: “It’s just talking to people and helping with whatever they need.”

n Visit https://www.gofundme.com/DBDTB.