Homeless man who was found sleeping in bin store had not eaten for three days

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The man, whose identity has not been revealed, was discovered by charity workers in Teesside and had been sleeping under cardboard – he has since been housed by the council

A homeless man who was found sleeping in a bin store had not eaten for three days.

The man, whose identity has not been revealed, was discovered by charity workers in Teesside.

He was sleeping under pieces of cardboard inside the rubbish store, TeessideLive reports.

Staff from Nitelight CIC, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable people in Teesside, are currently trying to help him.

The man’s clothes were binned but were replaced and he was given a warm coat, a meal and a drink.

He was also helped to make the phone calls he needed to try and find a place to live.

The charity has said he was able to be housed by the council and is now doing well.

In a post to its social media, Nitelight CIC shared pictures of the bin store where the man was discovered.

The post read: “True story – we found someone sleeping in a bin store last week who hadn’t eaten for three days.

“We helped him pack his things away but all clothing needed to be binned. We replaced it all, gave him a warm coat and meal and drinks cards.

“We helped him make phone calls which resulted in him being quickly housed by the council, a bag full of food and hygiene essentials was then dropped off to keep him going. He was over the moon!

“One less homeless person on our streets.”

Nitelight has been working behind the scenes to support vulnerable people across the whole of the Teesside area since March 2020.

They help people from all walks of life, providing food, drink and hygiene packs to people who need them.

They run something called a ‘digital pay it forward’ scheme where people can make a donation online, teaming up with established cafes and restaurants to help.

The cashless donation service means people can support others from home – all you need to do is select an item on the website and donate the equivalent price. For example, a donation of £5 buys a full meal from a local café or bistro.

Although the scheme was originally set up to support the homeless, services are now available to anyone who is struggling.

If you can help someone else with basic essentials, you can find the link to donate here.