After a homeless good Samaritan came to her aid, a 22-year-old UCLan student has vowed to pay him back.
Dominique Harrison-Bentzen from Leyland lost her bank card while out in Preston city centre but only realised when she went to get money for a taxi home.
She said: “I suddenly realised that I had no money and a homeless man 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.
She said: “I ended up posting a status on Facebook to try and find him the next day and it turns out I’m not the only person he has helped.”
Identified only as ‘Robbie’ the man appears to have come to the aid of many, returning wallets to pedestrians and offering his scarf to keep people warm.
And now, the Miss Preston finalist will spend 24 hours with Robbie to raise money to help him get back on his feet.
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.”
Already the fundraising has gathered pace and in just 24 hours since the funding page went live, almost 50 per cent of the target has been met.
“It’s just so overwhelming the response I’ve had,” said Dominique. “Even Ian Brown from the Stone Roses has tweeted about our event.
“Everyone has been so supportive and I’d love to get as many people as possible out with me on Tuesday to show Robbie our support – be it for the full 24 hours or just one.”
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