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A Homeless Man Offered This Student His Last £3 For A Taxi So She's Raised Over £20,000 For Him

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen vowed to pay the man, known only as "Robbie", back after she lost her bank card.

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This is Dominique Harrison Bentzen, 22, a student at the University of Central Lancashire.

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After a night out in Preston on 4 December, she tried to pay for a taxi home but found she'd lost her card. She says she was approached by a homeless man, who offered her the last of his money so she could catch it.

According to the Mirror, she didn't take the money but, "was so touched by the man's kind gesture that she set herself a mission to help him."

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The paper reported that Robbie may have helped a number of people in the city centre by "returning wallets to pedestrians and offering his scarf to keep people warm".

She told the Mirror:

He has been homeless for seven months through no fault of his own and he can't get work due to having no address.

It took me four nights of driving round Preston to find him and I was beginning to lose hope that I would see him again, to thank him personally for his kindness.

Luckily I had my mum and her car to help me.

And now over £20,000 has been raised!

@Help_Robbie #prestonhomelesshero #helprobbie Amazing guys you have smashed 20K👏👏👏👍

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@Help_Robbie #prestonhomelesshero #helprobbie Amazing guys you have smashed 20K

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Dominique told the Mirror she's doing it because she couldn't simply "just give him the money". She said: "I have to go through the right channels so I will be spending 24 hours through the day and night as a homeless person to understand the difficulties they face each day."

She added: "If people can sponsor me £3 - as Robbie attempted to give me his only £3 - in the hope of collecting enough to get Robbie a flat deposit so that he can be safe and warm."

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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