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Girl, 9, sets up food collection campaign to feed homeless

Izzie King from Stansted Mountfitchet came up with the 'Breakfast Challenge'.

A nine-year-old girl has set-up a food collection campaign with the aim of feeding 1,000 homeless people.

Izzie King from Stansted Mountfitchet came up with the 'Breakfast Challenge' after seeing people sleeping rough in London during a trip to the theatre.

Watch Liz Summers report below.

I wanted to do some good in the world... I feel sorry for the people on the streets with nothing, no food, they'll be cold in the streets.

– Izzie King
Izzie with her mum Debs.

Izzie’s mum, Debs, decided to make her little girl’s dream a reality. The graphic designer set about making posters, organising donation points and making an online fundraising page.

I thought right OK, I’m not going to let this go, we are going to make it happen. A friend mentioned Whitechapel Mission to us so we looked on their website and saw a desperately needed items list. We developed the poster and the idea… We put donation boxes out in the shops, in the church, in the primary schools and the donations came flooding in.

– Debs King
The charity offers food, shelter, clothing, and medical care to homeless people.

Izzie and Debs took more than 1,000 items to the Whitechapel Mission in London in 2017, following their first successful campaign. The charity offers food, shelter, clothing, and medical care to homeless people in the capital.

The pair hope to take even more food, to feed even more people, following this year's collection.

There are five donation points in Stansted Mountfitchet: St John's Church, The Co-op (Church Road), Bentfield Primary School, St Mary's Primary CE Foundation Primary School and Magna Carta Primary Academy.

Izzie will be collecting food until Friday 12 July 2019.

To find out more about Izzie's Breakfast Challenge and fundraising page click here.