School­girl col­lects 40 bags of good­ies

The Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - Dave Knap­per david.knap­[email protected]­

CAR­ING school­girl Madi­son Hal­lel­liott has do­nated 40 bags of good­ies to home­less peo­ple in the city after col­lect­ing food, clothing and treats.

And the nine-year-old is also plan­ning to spend Christmas Eve tour­ing the streets of the Pot­ter­ies to hand out hot drinks to rough sleep­ers.

The Sneyd Green young­ster was in­spired to help out after wit­ness­ing the plight of the home­less in Lon­don fol­low­ing a trip to the cap­i­tal.

On re­turn­ing to North Stafford­shire, Madi­son de­cided to start col­lect­ing clothing to keep the home­less warm dur­ing the win­ter months.

At the week­end, she vis­ited Fen­ton’s Tem­ple Street Methodist Church with mum Nicola Hall to dish out bags con­tain­ing hats, gloves, socks, crisps, water, tooth­brushes, de­odor­ant, tis­sues, mints, choco­late bars and bis­cuits.

In ad­di­tion, the Sneyd Academy pupil handed do­na­tions over at Salt­box and Han­ley’s All Saints Church.

She said: “When we went to Lon­don we kept see­ing home­less peo­ple out­side shops, and so we bought them some meal deals and I thought that we should do some­thing when we came home.

“They just looked so upset and hun­gry and they don’t have the things that we have, and so I just wanted to do some­thing to help.”

Mum Nicola, aged 38, put out an ap­peal on Face­book for do­na­tions to help Madi­son’s mis­sion.

She said: “I bought about five pairs of gloves and I thought I’d put it on Face­book, and we had a big re­sponse.”

Nicola, a teach­ing as­sis­tant at Sneyd, was also sup­ported by friends, fam­ily and col­leagues at the school.

She said: “Peo­ple were keen to help out when they found out what Madi­son wanted to do.

“My liv­ing room has just been full of things, and straight after school Madi­son has just sat and sorted things into bags all by her­self.

“She has a heart of gold and I’m so proud of her.”

But Madi­son says her col­lec­tion won’t be a one-off.

She said: “I am go­ing out with my dad on Christmas Eve to take hot food and drinks to home­less peo­ple in Stoke-on-trent. I want to do two col­lec­tions next year.” Ruth Sel­wood, a per­sonal wel­fare as­sis­tant at the Sneyd Street school, said: “This is the time of year when chil­dren are do­ing their Christmas lists and think­ing what they want, but this is what Madi­son has been fo­cused on. I think it’s lovely what she’s done.”

Pic­ture: Steve Bould

HEART OF GOLD: Madi­son Hall-el­liott with some of the items she has col­lected for home­less peo­ple over the fes­tive pe­riod.

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