A UCLan student who is spending 24 hours on the streets of Preston to repay a good Samaritan, has started her challenge.
Alongside eight other willing volunteers, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen from Leyland, vowed to find enough money to help a homeless man who came to her aid and already her plight has reached a staggering milestone.
Dominique said: “We’re up to £3,000 at the minute, it’s unbelievable.
“I didn’t think we’d raise that much.”
From 9am on Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday a “nervous but excited” Dominique and her fellow challengers will be joined by a number of other people who are donating as much time as they can.
“We’ll have people spending one or two hours with us as well as those who will be with us for a bit longer.
“However long they spend with us, it’s just important to raise awareness of homelessness.”
The 22-year-old is undergoing the challenge to help out a homeless man named ‘Robbie’ who helped Dominique when she lost her bank card on a night out in Preston.
She said: “I suddenly realised that I had no money and Robbie approached me with his only change of £3.
“He insisted I took it to pay for a taxi to make sure I got home safe.”
Dominique, who is studying for her Masters degree in fashion and promotion, didn’t take the money but so touched was she by the man’s kind gesture that she has set herself a mission to help him.
Dominique said: “He has been homeless for seven months through no fault of his own and he can’t get work due to having no address.
“And I simply can’t just give him the money, I have to go through the right channels so I will be spending 24 hours through the day and night as a homeless person to understand the difficulties they face each day.
“If people can sponsor me £3 – as Robbie attempted to give me his only £3 – in the hope of collecting enough to get Robbie a flat deposit so that he can be safe and warm.”
To get involved with Dominique’s fundraising event visit www.facebook.com/helprobbiepreston or to donate visit www.gogetfunding.com/project/help-robbie-preston-s-homeless-hero