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£570raised of £250 target by 69 supporters

    Weʼve raised £570 to help get Jay out of the cold

    Location
    Christchurch, United Kingdom
    Time left
    Funded on Tuesday, 6th December 2016

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    Story

    Two weeks ago as I walked through the Christchurch underpass I walked past a young homeless man with his head in a book. Sadly this is not unusual for any of us nowadays but what struck me about this guy is how his eyes smiled so strikingly as he looked up at me from his paperback. His response as I apologied for having no change in my bag remained the same, a kind smile & please not to worry myself as he didn't want anything from me. How can one have such a positive outlook on life when on the surface they have nothing? I made a slight detour to Waitrose & returned with a feast for the evening. It was the least I could do & I'm sure (or at least hope) millions would do the same. He was so incredibly grateful & even laughed at me when I apologised if he was vegetarian!! As I walked home I couldn't stop thinking of him sat on the damp, cold floor hardly sheltered by the chilled October wind indefinitely.
    Today I returned to Christchurch & was met with the same kind, happy face. It saddened me that he was still out there in the decreasing temperatures, but his genuine smile still remained. He looked up from the pages of his book & remembered me from the previous week. I bought him back a coffee, hot panini & cake from Costa & talked to him for a while.
    His name is Jay, I didn't ask his age but he looked about the same age as me, he has been living homeless for the past 4 weeks after losing the deposit for his new home after being let down by a friend. He told me that mum lives just a few miles away but as she has bipolar he didn't want to worry her & wanted to sort himself out, so he differed the degree he was studying only a month ago to get himself back on his feet.
    I asked him how he seemed to stay so happy & he told me that he just remains positive & he's not far from raising what he needs to get a roof back over his head.
    Jay needs a mere £250 to get out of the cold, back to Uni & to keep that smile on his face. Please help me make this happen for him x

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    • Laura Billett

      Laura Billett

      3 days ago

      Laura Billett

      So our 30 days have officially ended and I am still so overwhelmed with your support and generosity! 30 days ago I had a clear idea of how this would help one special person, sadly that has not been the case and I just hope he is safe, warm and well, but he did lead me to meet and be able to meet Shar. Amazing news is that Shar has found accommodation and she should be moving in next week ...just in time for Christmas! ...

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    • Laura Billett

      Laura Billett

      23 days ago

      Laura Billett

      ...but it seems so small compared to what she really needs. Which is why I'm determined to help her with that roof! Anyway, I just really wanted to let you all know that even though sadly, the kind donations you made may not be helping Jay, but it's definitely helping others just like him. When the money is deposited I shall continue to put this to good use by putting together little Christmas parcels and handing them out next month. It may not get everyone off the streets but hopefully it will give them some hope that people really do care x

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    • Laura Billett

      Laura Billett

      23 days ago

      Laura Billett

      I hate thinking of her being out there in the freezing cold like so many others. Her health is deteriorating & even though she eats pretty well she's lost an incredible amount of weight in the last month too, I guess her body is just trying to keep her warm. Last week I took her to Sainsbury's and bought her some socks, thermals, ear muffs, a flask & a hot water bottle.

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    • Laura Billett

      Laura Billett

      23 days ago

      Laura Billett

      nights I've taken her food and also made sure she has a hot drink most nights too. Every penny she makes in the day goes towards her transport to see her baby daughter in Blandford 3 times a week whom she had to voluntarily place into care until she sorts her accommodation out. The crazy thing is she has a deposit from the council & housing & disability allowence, yet the council have no where for her to physically go and every private landlord she visits turns her away as she is not working. It's a vicious circle...

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    • Will Yeoman & Lydia Hopkins

      Will Yeoman & Lydia Hopkins

      Nov 9, 2016

      Laura you are such an inspiration to many, you really do deserve the world for doing such a selfless act and helping a young man get back on his feet! We love you x

      £65.00

    • Nigel Billett

      Nigel Billett

      Nov 9, 2016

      When I put the first quid in to get you started I never expected you to raise £500 but you now have. Congratulations, I'm really proud of you. I just hope you manage to find Jay to hand him his £250

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 9, 2016

      You are a very special lady 😘 x

      £5.00

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    Laura Billett

    Laura Billett

    Christchurch, United Kingdom

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