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Heartwarming act by little boy moved by the plight of homeless people in Liverpool

Photo: Liverpool Echo Syndication

A shopping trip in Liverpool city centre led to a heartwarming act from a nine-year-old boy.

William Harrison, who has autism, was upset by the number of homeless people he saw as well as their pets.

The youngster, who attends the English Martyrs Primary School in Litherland, decided he wanted to do something to help.

With his nanny Joan, William asked local pizza shop Dough for some empty boxes - which they kindly donated for free.

Over the next few days William and his Nanny Joan shopped for items which would be useful - socks, gloves, sweets, mints, tissues, hand gel and lip balms.

William wrapped the parcels in Christmas paper, wrote Christmas cards and even attached mini crackers to the parcels.

– William's mum, Kathy

Then, on Sunday, William, his mum and his Nanny set off for the city centre once again with a Santa sack full of gifts - as well as dog food and biscuits.

Credit: Liverpool Echo Syndication

Because of William's condition, he struggles to make eye contact and sometimes can be a little bit socially awkward, however after a little prompting his confidence grew and he was approaching people with his nanny knowing what to say.

It was definitely emotional seeing William doing this - we were sad that we only had 10 parcels and couldn't help everyone - but I am so proud of my son.

– William's mum, Kathy