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Five-year-old boy completes sponsor run in aid of rough sleepers

Joe Junior was distressed to learn about homelessness at school

25 January, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Joe flanked by mum Jodie and dad Joe Senior

A FIVE-year-old who first heard about the homeless at primary school has raised £850 for a shelter.

Little Joe Junior Crowley, who lives in Gospel Oak, was determined to do something after discovering during lessons at the Rosary School, Belsize Park, that people slept on the streets. He set himself a daunting challenge of completing a lap of the Parliament Hill running track – and the cash poured in online.

Dad Joe Crowley said: “He became concerned that people didn’t have a home, or nice things. He started taking note of the homeless people he saw in the street. Up by Morrisons he was seeing people and you could see his little mind working on it. First he said can we give all our money to them. We said: ‘Well, we can’t really give them all our money but people sometimes do challenges for money’.”

On Sunday, Joe completed his challenge with his family, including his nan, granddad and uncles, cheering him on to the finishing line. Mum Jodie said he was a “boy on a mission” and “even the awful snow wasn’t going to stop him”, adding: “We are so proud of our son for him to already be showing such concern for the less fortunate at his young age is such a fantastic quality and we hope his good intentions stay with him throughout life.”

Joe is going to take the cash to The Passage, which is a shelter in Victoria, that has links with Rosary School.

To bump up the ­donation fund go to funding/joejuniorcrowley

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