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Amaarah's campaign for the homeless

An initiative started by nine-year-old Amaarah Mian-Cudmore has led to the collection of enough socks, gloves, toothbrushes and other toiletries to make up 30 backpacks for homeless people in Bristol.

Amaarah came up with the idea after a pre-Christmas shopping trip in central Bristol with her mother where they saw people living rough on the street.

Concerned by what she saw, she wanted to do more. So her mother Safoora contacted the Feed The Homeless Bristol charity and took Amaarah and her brothers one Saturday night to distribute food to the homeless.

Amaarah spoke to a number of people and found out that a few basic items would make an improvement to their lives.

She immediately set about persuading her friends at Redmaids’ High Junior School to help her produce the backpacks in time to help the rough sleepers at the coldest time of year.

Amaarah said: “I thought about it and worked out that each year group could contribute different things to the packs and with a little effort we could make a big impact.”

She also put out a plea for any adult shoes, hats, backpacks and sleeping bags that were unwanted but in good condition.

Her fellow pupils responded generously and Amaarah joined volunteers from Feed The Homeless Bristol during the half term break to hand out the care packages.

Safoora commented: “The initiative was entirely Amaarah’s own doing and I am so proud of her and grateful to her classmates and teachers for supporting it so willingly.”

Naseem Talukdar, Trustee and CEO of Feed the Homeless Bristol, said: “We are always pleased to work with young people. While they represent 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future, so it is very important to allow them to explore and learn about issues surrounding homelessness which are complex and challenging.

“We thank Amaarah for taking the initiative and hope she can set a positive example for others to follow.”

Date Posted: 16 February 2018
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