Niamh helps the homeless with King’s Ely Socks and Chocs charity donations

Niamh, front, with King's Ely students who helped with the Socks and Chocs charity campaign.

Niamh, front, with King's Ely students who helped with the Socks and Chocs charity campaign. - Credit: Archant

A six-year-old from Ely who decided to help those less fortunate than her has led to King’s Ely donating over 400 pairs of socks and chocolate gits to charity.

Niamh Quinn.

Niamh Quinn. - Credit: Archant

Niamh Quinn, who is a pupil at King’s Ely Acremont, was walking through Ely with her family earlier this month when she witnessed a group of teenagers being rude to a homeless man in the street.

Having been upset by the incident, Niamh decided she wanted to make the man some dinner when she got home.

With the help of her parents, Rebecca and Sean, Niamh made the homeless man a meal, rounded up some of her chocolates and some pairs of socks, and delivered them to him.

Niamh and her parents later bumped into the man and he was clutching the socks. He told them he was extremely grateful for the gifts.


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As a result, Mr Quinn, who is head of psychology at King’s Ely Senior, decided to find out more about Socks and Chocs - a charity group which relieves hardship and distress among homeless people and those living in adverse housing conditions.

Mr Quinn then decided to use the Socks and Chocs group as an example when teaching his AS Level psychology students about social change.

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A Socks and Chocs collection was then launched inside school and with the help of the Quinn family and students and staff at King’s Ely, over 400 pairs of socks and chocolate gifts have been donated.

The Quinn family will be taking the collection to Jimmy’s Cambridge in time for Christmas Day.

Jimmy’s supports hundreds of homeless people and families in Cambridgeshire every year.

To find out more about Socks and Chocs, visit www.socksandchocs.co.uk

For more information about Jimmy’s Cambridge, go to www.jimmyscambridge.net

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