Evie-Maie uses her pocket money to feed the homeless!

Evie-Maie (10) from Austrey, Warwickshire is certainly not one to see a homeless person go hungry. Ever since the age of 7, Evie Maie has had a real urge to feed homeless people she sees in the street. Her Mum Lindsey tells more:

‘She has been feeding homeless people since she was about 7’ Lindsey says. ‘Even though it’s only a sausage roll or a pasty, she always feels better knowing someone has a hot meal inside them.’

Over the years the Austrey C of E Primary School student has helped homeless people in various places such as Burton Upton Trent, Tamworth and London. “They generally just say thank you to her.” Lindsey explained. “Evie-Maie does get shy so she tends to say ‘you’re welcome and walks away with a big smile on her face. She said to one person “you don’t need to thank me.” There have been times when the homeless people are asleep and she goes and says, ‘Excuse me, sorry to disturb you, I thought you might like some food’.

Lindsey said Evie-Maie always gets upset whenever she sees homeless people, mainly as she does not understand why they are homeless.

Evie-Maie’s kindess saw her nominated in the Burton Mail Heroes Awards where she came runner up in the youngster category. Lindsey said: “She was amazed when she was nominated to be a finalist. She didn’t care that she was a runner up, she said she’s making a difference and hasn’t done it for any recognition.”

Not only has Evie-Maie feed the homeless, she has even inspired her Scouts leader to raise money to buy Easter eggs earlier this year!

Evie-Maie is currently trying to think of a charity event to set up to raise money for the homeless. She also wants her and her Mum Lindsey to do the Big Sleepout.

Well done to Evie-Maie for doing what she does. What a wonderful person she is!

This year, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain, analysis from housing charity Shelter suggests.

It is a rise of 13,000, or 4%, on last year's figures and equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every day.

London has the highest rate of homelessness, but it is growing fastest in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and north-west England, the analysis says.

The government says it is investing £1.2bn to tackle homelessness.