A young woman who was helped by a homeless man in London has set up a crowdfunding page to thank him. Earlier this month, Nicole Sedgebeer was left stranded in the city in the middle of the night when she missed her last train from London to Milton Keynes.
The 21-year-old traveled to Euston to wait until morning, but she quickly found out that the station was locked and the battery on her phone had died. Just as she was “about to burst into drunken tears”, Sedgebeer met a homeless man named Mark who guided her to safety and promised to escort her back to Euston station the next morning.
Sedgebeer took a selfie with Mark and decided to share a heartfelt post on Facebook about their encounter. Her story went viral and it has been shared more than 19,000 times since then.
In addition to that, Sedgebeer set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving to raise money for Mark and the other homeless people around Euston. In a couple of days, she managed to smash her £8,000 target and has raised more than £13,000.
Hundreds of people have donated so far, with many leaving warm messages of support and admiration for both Nicole and Mark. Sedgebeer said: “Best birthday gift ever seeing how much people have donated for Mark. Thank you to everyone who’s helped us hit our target. Let’s keep going!”