Homeless Man Who Became Hero in Manchester Bombing Rewarded With Housing
Stephen Jones has been hailed as a homeless hero after he came to the aid of people during the Manchester bombing on Monday – and now he is being rewarded for his kindness.
Stephen and his friend Chris Parker – who is also homeless – were sleeping on the streets in northwest Manchester near the local arena during an Ariana Grande concert when they heard an explosion. They rushed towards the sound of the chaos and found dozens of parents and children running out of the building, many of which were injured. As they went further into the chaos, they saw the full extent of the blast.
Stephen and Chris got to work, helping the injured away from the building and pulling bits of debris from people’s wounds. They kept a woman’s legs elevated so she wouldn’t bleed out, and comforted some of the children as they recovered from the blast or looked for their parents.
After they were interviewed over the events of the evening, viewers were touched by the compassion showed by the two friends. One Manchester local, Diane Moore, set up a Just Giving crowdfunding page that has already raised $30,000 to buy permanent housing for the homeless men.
David Sullivan, the co-chairman of English Premier League club West Ham United took to social media to find the homeless heroes and offer them 6 months free rent to help them get back on their feet. Sullivan and his son have since found Stephen and assisted him in getting his life in order.