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    Dec 18, 2014

    Over $33,800 raised online for homeless but selfless UK man


    A BRITISH student has raised thousands of pounds for a "homeless hero" who offered her his last few coins to help her get home at night, after she lost her bank card.

    The online fund-raising page reached over £16,500 (S$33,800) yesterday after student Dominique Harrison-Bentzen's campaign went viral.

    "After losing my bank card and having no money in the early hours, a homeless man approached me with his only change of £3 and insisted I took it to pay for a taxi," she wrote on the page. "I didn't take the money, but I was touched by such a kind gesture from a man who faces ignorance every day."

    The man, Robbie, had been homeless for seven months in the town of Preston in northern England and was known for making kind gestures, the University of Central Lancashire student discovered.

    To thank him, Ms Harrison-Bentzen decided to spend 24 hours homeless in a fund-raising drive to pay for accommodation for him.

    Supporters were asked to give £3, the same amount that Robbie had offered.

    "Together, our small act of kindness can change someone's life this Christmas and finally get him off the streets, safe and warm," wrote Ms Harrison-Bentzen.

    By yesterday, the page had raised £16,500 from almost 3,000 backers.