A poem written by a homeless man has captured the hearts of people online after his heartfelt words described the perils of life living on the streets.
Jamie and his wife have been living on the streets of Manchester for the last three years selling poems and friendship bracelets.
He ended up sleeping rough after he lost his job as a plasterer and last year was given some help by stranger, Luke Askew, who he spent his lunch break chatting with the couple.
After a social media post showing one of Jamie’s heartbreaking poems about life on the street quickly went viral, Luke now aims to gather enough money to get the pair back on their feet.
The poem read: "Sat on the edge of society, Wonderin why am not a priority.
"Whats come of my life an come over me, my life’s in tatters can’t you see.
"Beggin at the bank everyday, get a job get a life people say.
"I get no benefits, just what people give, to buy food + drink to help me live.
"I live in the streets doorway’s my bed, people think am thick in the head.
"It’s just me, myself and I, nobody wants me do you know why.
"Don’t deserve to live with a smile, to make my life worth the while."
Luke, who works as a life coach, first met Jamie last year in the pouring rain and heard about how Jamie and his wife ended up living on the streets – he heard their accounts of getting attacked.
Since their first meeting, Luke has visited Jamie a further three times to give the them a couple of hundred pounds raised through donations, to help them get food and a few nights in a hostel.
Since the viral post, Luke hopes to be able to make difference through a GoFundMe page designed to help the couple get back on their feet.
Luke said: "I wanted to raise some awareness and for people to realise what it is like for those living on the streets.
"When I visited them last, they had had their tent stolen. It’s terrible that they are treated that way.
"I just want to be able to raise enough money to get them a years worth of rent so they can get back on their feet because Jamie has a trade.
"Homeless people are still human."
Luke has so far raised £555 to help the couple, but aims to reach £5,000 so they can pay for a flat for a year and get back on their feet.
You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.
Crisis estimates there are 160,000 homeless households in Britain, and predicts rough sleeping to rise by 76 per cent if the government doesn’t take action to tackle it.
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