Norwich woman raising money to buy homeless man a riverboat

Hannah Jermy, 20, who is raising money to buy a riverboat for a homeless man. Picture Hannah Jermy

Hannah Jermy, 20, who is raising money to buy a riverboat for a homeless man. Picture Hannah Jermy - Credit: Hannah Jermy

A 20-year-old woman is on a mission to raise enough money to buy a homeless man she has befriended a riverboat.

Hannah Jermy, a social media manager, has started a Just Giving page to raise £4,000 after the man, who does not want to be named, told her owning a riverboat is his dream.

Miss Jermy first became aware of the man whilst driving home from work in the city and wanted to do something to help him. But it took her a while to build up the confidence to speak to him.

'I knew he was quite new to being homeless and I would see him everyday as I drove home from work,' she said. 'I didn't have the courage to speak to him to start with as I didn't how he would react.

'But one evening I went to Tesco and got some things for him and when I dropped them off he was really nice and just very grateful.'

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She left a card for the gentleman and instructions to get in contact with her which he did. Since then Miss Jermy has been visiting him regularly which is when the riverboat came up in conversation.

'I wanted to do something more for him but didn't know what,' she said. 'I dropped him tea over the other night and we started chatting and he said his dream was to have a riverboat which is why I started the page.

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'I just felt really upset seeing him there when I was driving home from work, especially when it has been snowing and freezing cold.'

The page has been live since Saturday and so far nearly £300 has been raised. Miss Jermy knows it will take some time to reach the target but the man she is helping is very happy that someone is willing to help him.

Miss Jermy added: 'He was really pleased when I told him what I was doing for him and he told me that when he does get the river boat he is going to name it after me so he never forgets what I have done for him.'

• To donate to the riverboat fund visit the Just Giving page:

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