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Homeless Manchester hero still living on streets despite thousands being donated

Mirror logo Mirror 30/05/2017 Joshua Barrie

Chris Parker was one of the many heroes who ran to the aid of victims in the wake of Manchester's terror attack last Monday.

Chris sleeps rough in the city, and up until Friday had also been estranged from his mum, Jess. Thankfully, the pair have been reunited after she spotted him talking on the news.

But it seems that the 33-year-old remains without a home in Manchester. He was recently seen in the city centre embracing a Muslim man who was offering hugs while blindfolded (a random act of kindness).

And on Tuesday morning, Marissa Lowe, from Rochdale, spotted him near Victoria Station, not far from where last Monday's atrocity took place. She wondered why he's yet to receive the £50,000-plus raised on GoFundMe.

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"I was walking to work when I spotted him," Marissa told Mirror Online.

"I gave him a hug and told him how brilliantly he'd responded in the events [terror attack]. But I looked at him and he still looked homeless, and asked quite shyly whether he was.

"He then told me, 'I'm still homeless', and emptied his pockets to show me a lighter and a cigarette."

Marissa said she was understandably confused about Chris' situation given so much has been raised, and posted about her chance encounter on Facebook. In the hours since, the man who set up the page, Michael Johns, has given those concerned an update.

He wrote in response: "I decided to just write a quick comment as there's a lot of misinformation and assumptions that is having the effect of people asking to REFUND their donations.

"I'm not going to be able to answer every question you have as some touch on Chris' personal situation which I am unable to discuss. I hope you can understand.

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"I met up with Chris for the first time today to discuss the campaign and generally have a chat with the man himself.

"I hope you can all understand that it simply is not a case of coming up to Manchester with a suitcase of cash or a quick bank transfer.

"As it says in the latest update I am unable to ask for a PARTIAL release of funds. This was something that was explored last Thursday. I've seen comments above that suggest the opposite is written in the T&Cs.

"We are in contact with a number of different people and organisations who want the best for Chris and absolutely everything I'm doing right now is with regard to professional opinion and the constraints GoFundMe has handed me.

"I am unable to answer any questions regarding Chris' personal situation."

Mirror Online has got in touch with Michael and the team at GoFundMe to find out more. It appears that many people in Manchester and beyond are hoping Chris finds a home soon – us included.

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