A campaign has so far raised an amazing £34,460 for a homeless man who rushed to help the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on Monday evening.
Chris Parker, who regularly begs for money in the Arena’s foyer, revealed he was there on the evening of the awful attack that happened just after an Ariana Grande concert had finished.
He opened up about helping a little girl, who lost her legs in the tragedy, and the moment a woman died in his arms.
Speaking to the Press Association about the heartbreaking moment Chris, 33, said: “Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else.
“As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming.”
“It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help.
“There was people lying on the floor everywhere.
“I saw a little girl … she had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said ‘where is your mum and daddy?’ She said ‘my dad is at work, my mum is up there’,” he added.
He also spoke about a woman in her 60s with serious leg and head injuries, revealing: “She passed away in my arms.”
What a wonderful man.
And now a woman names Jessica, who says she is Chris’s estranged mother, has revealed she would love to reconnect and is “proud” of his actions.
Writing on the GoFundMe page she said: “This is my son and I am desperate to get in touch with him, we have been estranged for a very long time and I had no idea he was homeless.
“I am very proud of him and I think he might need me right now.”
Meanwhile many famous faces have paid tribute to the victims and their families.
Presenter Davina McCall wrote: “Today is another day, but we are still thinking of you #Manchester.. mourning with you, and for you.”
Singer Cheryl also paid a tribute as she said: “Absolutely sickened & angered by this senseless, evil attack. Thoughts are with everybody effected. Such a disturbing time we live in [sic].”
One Direction star Harry Styles added: “I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H.”
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan wrote: “‘It was full of beautiful little girls and beautiful little boys.’ – eye witness to #ManchesterBombing. Just heart-breaking. RIP.”
US Singer Ariana, 23, spoke about her heartbreak shortly after the tragic event.
Writing on her Twitter she said: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”