Woman Raises Thousands For Homeless Stranger Who Helped Her

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Cierra Bailey
A woman is giving back to the kind stranger who helped her when she found herself stranded at a bus station with nowhere to go and a dead cell phone battery.

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A woman returned a favor to a generous homeless man by setting up a Crowdfunding page for him that has already raised thousands of dollars.

Nicole Sedgebeer, 21, missed her train from London to Milton Keynes and was stranded overnight in the city as a result.

To make matters worse, her cell phone was dead and she didn’t know much about the surrounding area. She recounted that she came across her “homeless friend Mark” just before she was about to start crying.

Mark found Sedgebeer in distress and took her to an all-night cafe then returned the next morning to escort her back to the train station.

“You were there and you were kind every step of the way,” she said to Mark following the ordeal.

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After taking a selfie with the kind stranger and sharing her experience with Facebook, Sedgebeer decided to start a Crowdfunding campaign to seek donations for him.

"It's really nice that someone's done this because it brings a light to reality," Mark said. He has three children and said he hopes that someone would do the same for them if they were in need.

"I'd hope that someone would do this for my daughter. If they didn't I'd be disappointed in humanity. The fact that I live on the streets doesn't matter, doesn't make me any less of a person,” he added.

Sedgebeer’s campaign for Mark has collected well over $15,000 in donations since she started it earlier this month.

The two were reunited on an episode of "ITV London" that featured their moving story.

 
Homeless man helps stranded woman

When Nicole Sedgebeer missed her last train home from Euston, she was left on the verge of tears, with nowhere to go and no battery left on her phone. That was until Mark Collins stepped in. He's homeless and had seen her distress and decided to help. He took her to a 24-hour-cafe, then picked her up the next morning to escort her back to the station. She hasn't seen him since.See what happened when we reunited them live on television.

Posted by ITV London on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sedgebeer took away a very valuable lesson from her encounter with Mark: “This man who I probably would of [sic] avoided eye contact with if he asked for spare change, completely changed such a negative event into the most eye opening event in my life.”

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Banner Photo Credit: Facebook/ITV London

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