A GOOD Samaritan took in a homeless man she found sleeping in a Costa Coffee doorway who looked like “the saddest man in the world”.
Bridie Sawyer, 31, gave George Dickson, 67, a bed in her garage in her South Northumberland home after finding him sleeping rough at a coffee shop.
Kindhearted Bridie took pity on George when she first met him a few weeks ago.
She set up a “Get George A Home” GoFundMe page to help him find a permanent place to live, with her £800 target smashed and more than £1,600 raised.
George is currently sleeping in her garage in the home Bridie shares with her partner, Les Stephenson.
Bridie said: “He told me he had come up to Northumberland after leaving the Newcastle area due to anti-social behaviour, threats from others and generally feeling very vulnerable where he had been placed.
“At 67 I can’t imagine how awful that must have been. I continued to see George on and off and the need to help him grew.
“One night I saw him trying to sleep in a cafe doorway and I asked him if he would like somewhere to stay and he’s been with us since.”
George lost his pension credit more than a year ago and has been homeless since losing his Gateshead council flat when he couldn’t keep up payments.
He suffers from arthritis, can’t walk very well and has no contact with his family, but thanked Bridie and Les for helping him.
One night I saw him trying to sleep in a cafe doorway. I asked him if he would like somewhere to stay. He’s been with us since
George said: “I can’t thank Bridie and Les enough. They have restored my faith in human nature.
“They have given me a room and I like it here, but I would love my own flat where I can have my own key to my own place.
“If I can cope on the streets, I can cope in a flat.
“I don’t know why I lost my pension credit but that was £98 a week. I left my flat in Gateshead and ended up like this.”
Bridie said that George “isn’t in the best health”, but now has access to a shower as looks to secure a permanent home.
So far, homeless organisations haven’t been able to find a suitable place for him to live.
Bridie added: “I really don’t want him to end up in a hostel type place again in the same situation he was in before.
“I would love for George to have his own place but we need some help to get him there.
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“I’m hoping we can raise enough money to get him started with a month’s rent or two until he gets on his feet and can access the help he is entitled too.”
The money raised will go towards rent until he gets his benefits back.
To donate, visit Bridie’s Go Fund Me page.
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