A CAMPAIGNING teenager will take his ideas for helping Worcester’s homeless to city MP Robin Walker in a bid to continue his efforts to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.
Year eight student Ewan Buchanan will meet Mr Walker on Friday (March 29) to discuss a number of issues including the possibility of getting lockers installed around the city so homeless people can safely store their belongings.
It’s the latest effort in the Nunnery Wood High School student’s tireless campaign to raise funds and awareness of homeless people on Worcester’s streets.
Ewan began fund-raising at primary school and hit the headlines last year when he asked his year group at school to donate Easter eggs for the city’s homeless.
He collected a staggering 150 eggs which he took, along with his dad Adam to the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal soup kitchen to hand them out.
His kind-hearted actions saw some recipients ask if they could take one to give to their families.
Ewan was able to give them enough for both a gift for their families and for themselves and his efforts inspired both him and his dad to help out once a month at the charity’s soup kitchen.
The teenager was even out in the cold and rain on Saturday (March 23) evening handing out blankets, sleeping bags, clothing and food to people.
“I enjoy being there. I know I can’t do a lot, but I am making a difference and by being there, it makes me realise just how lucky I am,” the caring teenager said.
Adam Buchanan, Ewan’s dad said: “Ewan is passionate about helping. He thoroughly enjoys the experience. He chats to everyone and he really makes a difference to people by just being himself.
“He is friendly and people enjoy talking to him. Ewan helped a homeless person who was wearing just a pair of shorts. Everything else which he owned had gone.
“They were able to kit him out with warm clothing and bedding. Ewan also spoke to a man who loved reading, and as a result, Ewan now collects second-hand books.
“He has set up a box in the Hive which is available for the homeless to take to read, as and when then wish.”
Worcestershire Homeless Appeal recently posted a tribute to Ewan and his dad for their hard work and dedication to the cause on their Facebook page.
Ewan is now looking to encourage everyone in Nunnery Wood High School to donate an Easter Egg this year so that he can put even more smiles on faces.