Homeless Manchester hero rushes to help victims of terrorist attack, gets outpouring of love and support

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Homeless Manchester hero rushes to help victims of deadly terrorist attack outside packed concert hall – Source: ITV News

A homeless man who provided potentially life-saving help to victims of the deadly Manchester attack, has been getting an outpouring of love and support from the community. His heroic acts of kindness have struck a chord with people from all over the world, who now want to help the man get back on his feet.

The homeless Manchester hero, Stephen Jones (35), was sleeping outdoors close to the venue at the time of the deadly terrorist attack, on Monday night. He woke up when he heard a huge bang, which he initially thought was from a fireworks display.

“I then realized what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood,” Jones told ITV News.

The homeless man rushed to the incident to offer his helping hand, wiping blood from children’s faces and pulling nails out of their arms, as he recalled in a harrowing account of the deadly explosion, which left 22 dead and 59 injured.

“Just because I’m homeless it doesn’t mean that I haven’t got a heart and I’m not human still,” Jones said.

“They needed the help. I’d like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help.”

“It’s just instinct to go and help, if someone needed your help. And it was children, it was a lot of children with blood all over them, crying and screaming.”

“We were having to pull nails out of their arms and a couple out of this little girl’s face.”

The homeless Manchester hero described how he administered first aid on another victim, a woman, before the emergency services arrived on the scene.

“Some lady, she got cut from her side here, so my mate had to hold her legs up, and then an ambulance guy came and a fireman and they assisted after that. We just held her legs up because we thought she was just going to bleed right out,” Jones told ITV News.

“It had to be done, you had to help. If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that,” he added.

“I haven’t slept most of the night because of what I’ve seen,” the homeless Manchester hero admitted.

And since no good deed should go unrewarded, a fundraising page has been set up for Jones.

In a magnificent outpouring of love and support, the initial target of 300 GBP (approximately 390 USD) has already been exceeded by more than 10,000%. Within a day, the overall sum is sitting at over 30,600 GBP (close to 40,000 USD), with 29 days to go.

“I watched a homeless man talk on ITV News after the Manchester Bombing. He spoke about pulling nails out of young children’s arms and faces, something people should never have to think about, never mind actually do. He spoke about helping people because it was the natural and right thing to do. I think it’s natural and right that we help him,” the crowdfunding page initiator said.

“Any money raised will go to help the gentleman back on his feet. I don’t normally do this but what I watched was a man who has restored some faith back in humanity. Let’s raise what we can!”

Furthermore, West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan went live on BBC Radio 5, where he made a public appeal to find Jones because he wanted to provide him with rent-free shelter.

On Monday night, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device outside the packed Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester, killing 22 concert goers and injuring 59 others.

Among the 22 who were killed in the attack are parents who were waiting to greet their children after the concert and take them home safely, as well as teenagers who were attending their first concert.

The youngest victim is Saffie Rose Rousse – an eight-year-old school girl.

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