A group of volunteers from Don't Walk Past spotted the shivering woman on the streets of Manchester city center in the UK.
A "lonely and scared" woman, who was found sleeping on the streets with just a duvet to keep herself warm, has finally found a shelter after her photo went viral on the internet. A group of volunteers from Don't Walk Past spotted the shivering woman on the streets of Manchester city center in Manchester, UK. She was sitting on a sheet of tarpaulin on Market Street, the busiest area in the city on Tuesday evening, reports Daily Mail. The organization confirmed that the woman was named Anne and that although they didn't know how the elderly woman ended up on the streets, she has now found a shelter to live in and is getting the help she needs.
Bloody disgraceful— EFT_GrimReaper (@martin_uk1) October 30, 2020
The incident came to light when Mathew Hudson, a member of Don't Walk Past, saw the woman when he was out with other volunteers giving homeless people hot meals. Another volunteer, Lauren Jones, 33, stated that she was given nice accommodation outside the city center, which she didn't seem to be comfortable with. Hence, the group decided to accommodate her in a hotel for the time being and choosing to bear the cost themselves.
Jones said: "She was very confused. She was scared. She was sitting on a tarpaulin, with just a duvet. She was freezing cold." She added that her group offered to help but she had to be ready to accept the courtesy. "We made a few phone calls and gave her our card, to let her know we could help. People have said: 'She can stay with me', but it's not as simple as that. We went home and it played on our minds even more. We left at midnight and it was cold and wet. She was still out there." That's when Jones decided to put the picture up on Facebook, adding that it "broke" her heart. "I posted that picture on Facebook and it went viral. The picture was really shocking. It broke my heart. I knew it was distressing yet powerful, but I didn't realize how many people would be touched by it."
Awful. Poor, sweet woman brought her pumpkin with her.— Dave Sherrill (@TheDaveSherrill) October 30, 2020
Ronny English, founder of the Don't Walk Past charity, was also happy that the woman was taken to a safe place. "Thankfully she is now safe and off the streets," he said, before giving a little more details about her. "She was newly homeless - she had only found herself on the streets for just a week. She was scared. We put her up in a hotel for a few days but now social services have stepped in to help. In my experience, that means she will get a place in a hostel or sheltered housing." English also added that the woman had a few mental health problems and that she was paranoid about being followed by people.
While invaders are put in hotels!!https://t.co/1tKEKhy1y1— proud to be british 🇬🇧 (@britishbullybee) October 30, 2020
Jones and her colleagues worked with the Manchester City Council on Wednesday to help find the woman. Speaking after she was found, Jones added: "She was very upset. She said she's been moved on from where she'd been. She was in Piccadilly Gardens. It was scary for her, there were lots of noises. She said it was like 'Armageddon'". The volunteer then said the organization is attempting to understand the course of events that put her on the streets. "We've given her a new phone with a new SIM card. We can't force anybody to do anything. It's about gaining trust - we're here if she needs us." And so for now, the group has decided to give her space and wait till she's ready to open up and reveal details about herself.
Ffs , this lady should never have been out on the streets ..govt have a lot to answer for...— Liittleangel (@LLittleanggel) October 30, 2020