Last year, Nicole Sedgebeer was on her way home from a night of partying in London, UK. It was late and the 21-year-old was looking forward to getting back to Milton Keynes. But she’d missed her last train home and the station was now locked up.
As she started to panic, a homeless man, Mark, noticed her distress and came over to see if he could help in anyway. He escorted her to a nearby café where she could wait in safety until the station reopened, and an unlikely friendship blossomed over coffee.
“Just as I was about to burst into tears I met my homeless friend Mark,” Sedgebeer later shared on Facebook.
“This man who I probably would of avoided eye contact with if he asked me for spare change, completely changed such a negative event into the most eye-opening event in my life.”
Mark turned into her guardian angel.
After talking for a while, Mark told Sedgebeer he needed to go and get his sleeping bag, but that he would be back at 5 a.m. to make sure she got safely back to the station to catch the train home.
Though Mark seemed nice, Sedgebeer did not believe he would come back. But her doubts were proven wrong when her guardian angel reappeared.
“As I got round the corner my homeless friend Mark was running down the street towards me. Not only did he turn up but he had to get a bus to come get me,” she said.
Mark was just taking care of his duty.
I hope this story makes people look twice when they see a homeless person. Last night I missed my last train home and…
According to the Daily Mail, when Sedgebeer asked Mark why he was helping her, he said that “It was a father’s duty to get another man’s daughter home safe.”
Sedgebeer took a selfie with Mark to document his awesome act, but she did more than that to show her appreciation. She set up a crowdfunding campaign on Just Giving, so she could raise money to help Mark and other homeless people in London.
“Mark embodies the best of humanity,” Sedgebeer wrote on the fundraising page. “He went out of his way to help me, a complete stranger, when the reality of his situation is that people walk past him every day without offering him help.”
Her encounter with Mark completely changed her perception of people less fortunate than herself.
“Mark you are one special man, I will never look down on a homeless person again,” she wrote on Facebook.
Sedgebeer’s efforts raised over $18,000 for Mark. The money was kept safe by a homeless charity who were providing support to Mark while he figured out how best to use the unexpected generosity to get his life back on track.