|13 June 2020 – DAY 73|
|TOTAL SERVED TO DATE||23,032|
Tesco / Tesco Mobile has once again jumped in to help us with mobiles for our homeless friends. 50 smartphones with £50 credits + £15 booster delivered today. Good timing as last night they were sent the pictures and stories from our teams to make clear the impact these donations are making.
To that end Lucy C shared the story of the difference a smart phone made to Lauren (picture above)…who happened to be standing outside Tesco’s when he received the phone:
Lauren has only been in the Waterloo area for about a month. He’s a cheeky chappy with an infectious spirit and always has a smile for us. After collecting the breakfasts from Bentley’s this morning, I went to meet Penny at Waterloo. We decided to visit Grant, a regular who is currently in a bad state and deteriorating every day. On our way to the station we agreed to go and visit Lauren, who stays under the arches by the IMAX cinema.
When we arrived, he was in a state. One of his trainers had been stolen and his things had been ransacked while he was asleep. We sat with him a while and he said he’d met with one of the St Mungo team the night before but his chances were slim as he didn’t have a mobile phone; it had been stolen a few weeks ago. He started talking about his past, and his story, which was a little difficult to hear.
We all got a little emotional, and he was grateful that we had sat with him, and thanked us and UOS for the work we were doing every night (something he does every time he sees us). He just wanted to get into accommodation but feared he wouldn’t be able to as he didn’t have any ID nor a mobile phone. We said we would see what we could do but weren’t making any promises. I messaged the lovely Samantha from the TSG team and miraculously she said that she would put a phone in with the clothing tonight!!! Absolutely amazing.
We were meeting the night shift later to give back the flask and decided to stay and show the team where he slept. As we got to the Tesco, Lauren turned up. We told him we had a surprise for him. He looked so confused! Penny handed him the bag. He opened it and the biggest smile appeared on his face! So so heart warming!! He thanked us a million times, and was back to his usual cheeky self! He posed outside the Tesco and Penny took a great picture of him holding up his phone. Now he is contactable, and can try to get in contact with his family. A simple gesture means so much more to our friends on the street. To us it’s just a phone, but to him, the word “just” doesn’t exist. A smile isn’t just a smile, kindness isn’t just kindness. It’s so much more