KIND-hearted members of the public have raised more than £5,000 for a homeless man forced out of his spot by spiked chains.
They appeared across the city centre alcove where the rough sleeper has sheltered for over a year.
The firm which owns the Queens House property in York said it had tried to work with the local authority to have him moved into a hostel – but he had refused.
The man’s plight has now been taken up by a nearby resident who has raised more than £5,000 for him in just three days.
Lara Seamer, 20, said: "I've been living down the road from him for 18 months.
"He doesn't ask for any money, nor is he ever drunk.
"He smiles at passers-by and says hello when you greet him.
"Every morning when he wakes, he bags up any rubbish, cleans his teeth and sanitises his area with a bleach spray bottle.
"He tidies away his bed and folds neatly the cardboard that makes him feel safe and packs it into his backpack.
"He then sets off for day, returning late afternoon.”
By speaking with the man, who she believes is Polish, mother-of-one Lara discovered he could not read or write and may be suffering from a learning difficulty.
He had been badly beaten while staying at a hostel and was terrified of returning.
She said: "When I walked past on Saturday and saw he was not there and the chains were up I was fuming. I wanted to go and buy some bolt cutters.
"Other people on the road were looking at the chains in disgust because we all know him."
Instead Lara, a trained chef, had the idea to raise money to help him.
She added: "We're hoping we can raise enough to get him some permanent accommodation. We have already had a private landlord offering help with reduced rent
"But he needs support with learning because he wants to work."
It is understood the chains blocking the man from his night-time home have now been removed.
To make a donation visit – www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/can-we-help-just-one.
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