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Homeless Man Who Offered To Work For Free Lands Job And Accomodation

Homeless Man Who Offered To Work For Free Lands Job And Accomodation

A homeless man has found work and accommodation after offering to work for free to "make life worth living."

Anthony Johnson's heartbreaking note was spotted by 16-year-old Charlotte Howard, who felt compelled to share it on social media.

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Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

The 37-year-old's plea was then seen by Nelson Smith, a landscape gardener who offered him a job - which he starts on Monday.

Anthony has been homeless for nine years and currently sleeps in the tent next to a bus stop in Hastings, East Sussex.

He said: "The reaction after Charlotte posted the note was weird - I was suddenly bombarded with things.

"I wouldn't have got anywhere looking fora job if it wasn't for her - she really is incredible."

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Charlotte Howard spotted the note and felt compelled to share it to see who could help. Credit: SWNS
Charlotte Howard spotted the note and felt compelled to share it to see who could help. Credit: SWNS

"She saw me and recognised my position and decided she wanted to do something to help," he continued.

"It's not like I haven't previously been asking for help but all it takes is an open-minded person like Charlotte to come along and help."

Anthony admitted to previously being a "horrible person living a horrible life" who spent time in of prison.

The tent where Anthony has been living. Credit: SWNS
The tent where Anthony has been living. Credit: SWNS

He said: "The fact is that trying to walk away from that horrible life landed me on the streets.

"I didn't want to do the things I used to do - my social circles used to be drug takers and criminals. Now it's pastors and people doing outreach work.

"Getting a job is about having something to do rather than rotting away on a bench - it's about having something in your life and at the moment that seems to be coming back."

Anthony Johnson (left) and Nelson Smith. Credit: SWNS
Anthony Johnson (left) and Nelson Smith. Credit: SWNS

Nelson said he was inspired to contact Charlotte because he saw Anthony as a man who was trying to help himself.

He said: "I have had problems with mental health in recent years and in this post, I saw someone trying to help themselves.

"I contacted Charlotte and said I might be able to find something for him - it looks like we may have sorted a job for him on Monday."

Charlotte has also managed to buy a caravan for Anthony using money from an online fundraiser which reached £860.

Charlotte and Anthony are now looking for somewhere to park the caravan. Credit: SWNS
Charlotte and Anthony are now looking for somewhere to park the caravan. Credit: SWNS

Addressing those who have helped him, Anthony added: "Thank you for helping change what I have going on, thank you for understanding my situation.

"I couldn't have got out without the help of people like them.

"If I could write a message to thank every single person who donated then I would."

Anthony and Charlotte are now looking for a place to park the caravan.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Life, Life News, Real

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

 

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