Worldwide charity challenge to benefit Preston homeless

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen will spend 24 hours on the streets of Preston living as a homeless person to raise money for a homeless good samaritan who came to her aid in a night out

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen will spend 24 hours on the streets of Preston living as a homeless person to raise money for a homeless good samaritan who came to her aid in a night out

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A Preston charity is set to benefit from a fundraising mission that took the world by storm.

The Foxton Centre, who work with rough sleepers, street sex workers, young people, people with alcohol abuse issues and the community, from their Knowsely Street hub, has agreed to accept a donation of £42,000 to use as a fund to help homeless rough sleepers in Preston find a better place to live.

Tim Keightley, Director of The Foxton Centre

Tim Keightley, Director of The Foxton Centre

The money was raised when UClan student, Dominique Harrison-Berentzen, vowed to pay back the £3 she was given from a homeless man named ‘Robbie’ in the city centre.

The story soon went viral and last December, the final total reached a staggering £46,231.

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A statement from the Foxton Centre said: “In accordance with the spirit in which donations were made, a proportion of the fund will be used to support the person known as ‘Robbie.’

“Also in accordance with the spirit in which donations were made, the remainder will be used in a similar fashion to help people who are long term homeless get off the streets and become established in suitable accommodation.

“This will be achieved by taking a personalised approach assessing individual need on a case by case basis with rough sleepers who are engaging with services and known to agencies working with Preston’s Rough Sleeper Panel.

They added: “The Foxton Centre will publish six-monthly updates on how individuals are being assisted away from a life on the streets.

“Spending of the fund will be accounted for and published in The Foxton Centre’s annual audited accounts.”

Dominique said: “Thank you once again for your generosity, a fantastic outcome has been achieved for the local homeless community.”