College student rallies peers to donate to Norfolk homelessness charity

From left to right, Diane Howarth, Johnathon Byrne, Gary Ward and Rosie Hammond. Picture: John Nice

From left to right, Diane Howarth, Johnathon Byrne, Gary Ward and Rosie Hammond. Picture: John Nice - Credit: Archant

A college student has rallied her peers in aid of a local homelessness charity.

Over a week, Rosie Hammond, from Easton and Otley College, challenged students and staff to donate items to a campaign from the Tribal Trust, a group which hands out food to homeless people in Great Yarmouth and other parts of Norfolk.

Rosie, who studies an animal studies degree pathway course, said: 'The response was great. Staff and students from across college helped out. We received a real mix of donations including pet food, cans, fresh fruit, sugary goods, coffee and cereals.

'I got involved because I think it's important that people actually do something and try and make a difference.'

It is Rosie's first charity event since becoming vice-president of the college's student union.

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Diane Haworth, co-owner of the Tribal Trust, said: 'The connection came about through Rosie as she was interested in what we do and how we do it. It was extra special from my point of view because I'm a former student of the college.

'Overall, it's huge that the college has supported us. We are very grateful for any support as it goes straight to the people that need it. I think the amount of homeless people is increasing everywhere.

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'It's certainly getting busier for us. Let's just hope it gets better in the next year – time will tell. Until then, we really appreciate the backing we get from people like Easton and Otley. If it wasn't for the support and generosity of everyone we wouldn't be able to carry on.'

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