Homeless man Stephen Jones offered new start by billionaire. Picture: ITV News
Homeless man Stephen Jones offered new start by billionaire. Picture: ITV News

Touching gesture for homeless man after Manchester attack

A BILLIONAIRE has offered a new start to a homeless man who helped treat victims during the horror Manchester terror attack.

Stephen Jones was branded a hero after he helped wounded children at the Manchester Arena following an explosions at an Ariana Grande concert.

He was asleep on the street when he was woken by the explosion which killed 22 and left 59 injured.

"I then realised what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood," Mr Jones told ITV News.

"Just because I'm homeless doesn't mean I don't have a heart."

David Sullivan, co-owner of West Ham United Football Club, was touched by Mr Jones' heroic act and has offered to change his life.

He told BBC Radio 5 he wanted to find Mr Jones and pay for his accommodation for six months and give him some extra money to help him back on his feet.

"It looks like he needs some help, so we are desperate to find who he is and give him six months free accommodation and a little bit of money to help him on his way," Mr Sullivan told the BBC.

Mr Sullivan tracked down the homeless man after his son launched a series of tweets in search of Mr Jones.

"If anyone can help us get in touch much much appreciated," the son tweeted.

"Such a selfless act needs rewarding."

On Wednesday, the social media search came back with a result.

"Thank you to all those involved, you have helped change a man's life," Mr Sullivan's son tweeted.

Mr Jones told ITV News he had to pull nails and glass out of the arms and faces of the injured.

"We haven't slept most of the night because of what we've seen," he said.

"It had to be done, you had to help, if I didn't help, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that."

Another homeless man, Chris Parker, also rushed to the aid of many injured children and a crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise money for him.

Since also being named a hero, his mother has called out for him to get in touch with her.