Kind-hearted villagers have launched an appeal to help find a proper home for a man who has been living in a BUS SHELTER.
The sight of the man – known only as Richard – living in the shelter moved some residents so much they set up a JustGiving page to help find him a permanent home.
In the meantime locals near Trowbridge, Wilts, have offered to put Richard up in their own homes until he finds one of his own.
Richard, originally from Stafford, has told them that he have travelled to area to visit his elderly mother who is in hospital in nearby Bath.
He has been living in the bus shelter for the last three months.
Mum-of-two Laura Hicks stopped to talk to Richard and posted a picture on Facebook which has since received hundreds of comments.
Mrs Hicks, 27, Trowbridge, said: “I was driving my daughter to nursery and singing Christmas songs when I saw him.
“It was like a smack in the face – it was absolutely tipping down.
“Apparently he has been living there for the past three months.
“My partner has seen him there. People stop and drop things off or chat to him. One person stopped just to shake his hand.”
A number of people have offered him a place to stay so he can visit his mum in the Royal United Hospital, Bath.
Marketing assistant Mrs Hicks, said: “Richard has been wanting to get to Bath so he can visit his mum who has dementia.
“A group of women have got involved and promised to help him.
“He is currently staying at someone’s house and my boss, Andrew Whitmore, is trying to find him a job.
“Sammii has been looking for a caravan so he has somewhere permanent to live and so he can be self-sufficient.
“He doesn’t like being round big groups of people.
“Apparently there was talk of putting him in social housing but I don’t think he was comfortable with the idea. He is not dependent on drugs or alcohol.”
The fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/richards-home