Wessington Primary School pupil Joe, 11, approached his deputy headteacher Danielle Lorraine to explain he was upset by what he’d seen and wanted to set up the shop with a target of raising £100.
Joe now does a weekly supermarket shop, after researching where he can get the best deals, and sells crisps, popcorn, cheese strings, drinks and a host of other items from his break-time stall.
He said: “I didn’t like seeing the people homeless and I wanted to do something to help these people as they could starve or freeze to death. My dad did a hot coals walk to raise money and I decided I wanted to do something as well.
Manager ‘over the moon’ after Sunderland nursery judged to be good following latest Ofsted inspection
University of Sunderland looks to unearth the next Jill Scott after launching scholarship partnership with SAFC Women
Pupils excluded for breaching Covid rules
These are the ratings of every Sunderland secondary school inspected by Ofsted
Sunderland schools reduce carbon footprint with introduction of ties made from recycled plastic bottles
"I decided to raise the money for Shelter as they do a lot for homeless people.”
Joe added: “My granddad knows Jordan Pickford’s parents and he kindly signed a pair of his gloves and shirt which he wore in a game. I’m really pleased with how much I’ve raised so far.”
Since establishing his shop, Joe has enlisted other students to help with the stocktaking and sale of goods.
Fellow Year 6 pupil Gracie Reay, 11, said: “I really wanted to get involved as I don’t like it when I go out and I see people having to live on the streets and begging for money.”
James Murison, 11, added: “Joe’s my best friend and always wants to help people. He’s very kind-hearted and I’m really proud of what he’s done.”
Deputy Headteacher Danielle Loraine was particularly impressed with Joe’s selfless attitude.
She said: “I’m unbelievably proud that Joe has done this of his own back. He’s always had a heart of gold and wants to help people and it’s great to see he’s used his initiative to raise money for Shelter.
"The fact he’s also inspired other pupils to get involved is fantastic.”