‘Heidi’s Helping Hands’ appeal makes early Christmas delivery to homeless hostel

CHRISTMAS has come a few days early for the residents of a homeless hostel thanks to the kindness of a  little girl with a big heart who was inspired by the John Lewis ‘Man on the Moon’ advert.

Heidi Dawson, six, started with a simple wish of giving bags filled with essential toiletries to the vulnerable men and women who call Bridge House Mission in Stockton home.

Just 13 days after launching ‘Heidi’s Helping Hands’ appeal she’s already smashed her £600 target so has given everyone living there a necessity pack but also a few luxury gifts to make sure they know they are not alone this Christmas.

From toothbrushes to tampons, soap, razors, face wipes and toilet rolls – every bag contains basic but essential items.

 

BIG SHOP: 'Helpful Heidi' also known as Heidi Dawson with some of the essentials bought with the incredible amount of money she has raised for Bridge House Mission.

BIG SHOP: Heidi Dawson with some of the essentials bought with the money she has raised for Bridge House Mission.

She has been so overwhelmed with donations – raising £610 so far – that Heidi and her mum Emily visited the hostel yesterday to make their special delivery but will be back again, as they’d originally promised, on Christmas Eve.

The inspirational little girl, who is affectionately called ‘Helpful Heidi’ by her family, said: “It happy and fun. I was a bit scared but everyone was really nice and they asked me lots of questions.”

INsPIRATIONAL: Heidi Dawson, who is a pupil at Hartburn Primary School, Stockton, surrounded by the essential items for homeless people living at Bridge House Mission, Stockton.

INsPIRATIONAL: Heidi Dawson, who is a pupil at Hartburn Primary School, Stockton, surrounded by the essential items for homeless people living at Bridge House Mission, Stockton.

 

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She was inspired to help others after watching this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert, Man on the Moon, which made her cry. It tells the story of a little girl called Lily who sends a telescope to a lonely old man on the Moon to let him know that someone cares – a kind gesture which makes him shed a tear.

Heidi’s mum Emily, who runs Bronze Tanning and Beauty on Premier Parade in Fairfield, Stockton, is no stranger to helping local causes. Together with her husband Paul, of Paul Dawson’s Barbers just a few doors down the street, the couple has supported Harbour Women’s Refuge and Stockton Town Football Club.

EMPOWERING: 'Heidi's Helping Hands' appeal has raised the original target of £600 in less than two weeks. The logo's design incorporates Heidi's own handprints.

EMPOWERING: ‘Heidi’s Helping Hands’ appeal has raised the original target of £600 in less than two weeks. The logo’s design incorporates Heidi’s own handprints.

Emily, added: “We have been able to do so much more than we ever hoped for. We have managed to give every person in the shelter a necessity bag and a few luxuries thrown in.

“They are most definitely not alone this Christmas, they will be solidly in our minds. The staff at Bridge House spoke to Heidi and made her realise how much this will help. Thank you to them for feeding her enthusiasm. This little lady can change the world!”

CONTACT:
To donate to Heidi’s Helping Hands visit https://www.gofundme.com/heidishelpinghands

For more information about Bridge House Mission and how to donate visit: www.bridgehousemission.co.uk or call 01642-800311.

 

 

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