Homeless fundraiser is a true shining light

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

The Prime Minister has hailed a young Leyland fundraiser whose campaign to help the homeless gained attention around the globe.

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen has been given a Point of Light award from David Cameron.

A homeless man called Robbie in Preston came to the aid of Dominique, offering her his last £3 so that she could get home after she lost her wallet on a night out.

The 22-year-old from Leyland was so touched, she vowed to pay back his kindness.

Dominique spent a night sleeping rough with her friends to raise cash. She used social media and a crowd-funding web page for donations and her campaign went viral and £3 donations poured in from people in Preston and around the world, raising over £45,000.

The majority of the money former Miss Preston Dominique has raised has been given to the Foxton Centre in Preston, where it will be used to help cover the costs of getting homeless people into accommodation - including rent deposits and basic start-up costs such as utensils.

The Point of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Dominique said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to receive such an honourable award and I feel privileged to be a part of it. When I originally decided to help Robbie, I never anticipated the amount of support I would receive, not only locally, but from all over the world.

“It has been an incredible experience and I would like to thank every single person who has donated, shared or helped to spread such positive awareness for the homeless. Without their support, and without Robbie’s act of kindness, this would not have been possible.”

David Cameron said: “Dominique set out to repay one man’s kindness and ended up harnessing the kindness of thousands of people to change many more lives.

“I am delighted that she is continuing to champion good causes and I hope this Point of Light award can be a small way of recognising the difference that Dominique is making.”

To nominate someone for a Point of Light, write to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.