Selfless Ribble Valley schoolgirl distributes emergency packs to the homeless

A generous 12-year-old pupil of Bowland High School has created survival kits to help people sleeping rough this winter.

Isabel O’Reilly (Izzy), a Year 8 pupil at the Grindleton-based school, has been raising funds to buy and distribute emergency packs for homeless people in surrounding towns and cities.

Izzy has now raised just over £1,000 and has began distributing her survival kits, which include warm clothing, high protein snacks and ready-to-eat meals.

Speaking about her mission to keep the homeless warm and fed this winter, Izzy explained: "It's a year now I have been collecting food and other items for homeless people, rough sleepers and Armed Forces veterans that have fallen on hard times.

Isabel preparing the emergency packs

"There are many reasons why people are living rough and a lot of support is needed to get someone off the street and back under a roof. What I am trying to do is fill the gap whilst the right support can be found”.

Izzy has also managed to fill a box of Christmas goodies for the Salford Armed Forces Breakfast Club. These goodies are for hampers for veterans who attend the breakfast club and this year are more important than ever, the club is a vital social hub for veterans and for some it is their only weekly contact.

Anyone wishing to support this fantastic cause can do so by clicking here