A couple of years ago I was going through a really hard patch with my mental health and experienced a period of time where I was self harming. I was walking through Oxford with some of my friends during this period and stumbled across a lovely homeless man who grabbed my arm and gave me an abrupt inspirational speech about life and how I would get through whatever I was experiencing. From this point on, he became my friend. This man's name is Stevie.
Stevie has a PHD in medicine and is a legal, authorised doctor and Stevie is homeless through his own choice. He has severe mental health issues that made him unable to function adequately for day to day life and prevented him from getting a job. He became thoroughly depressed and turned to drink as a solution, however in the past 8 months, Stevie has turned his life around and stopped drinking every single day as a hospital visit opened his eyes to what he was doing to his body.
Stevie is now severely ill, he has been in the JR for 7+ weeks with cirrhosis of the liver, pneumonia and other illnesses. He has been told by the doctor's he doesn't have much time to live. His other half lives in Thailand, but together they do not have much money and thus hardly ever get to see each other, Stevie has remained over here to try and create a living for his other half in Thailand through his busking.
Stevie has had a huge impact on my life, he has always been there on a street corner to make me smile and liven up my day, he has helped me with my mental health and we have supported each other a lot over the past 3-4 years with whatever has been going on with each other, he knows more than a lot of people do about me. I don't want Stevie to leave us without saying goodbye to his other half, I think he deserves it, one final goodbye. He's a lovely guy, but he hasn't used his life as he should have and he knows this.
I want to raise money to give to him so he can fly out to Thailand and see his other half: the doctors have cleared him for going on a plane, but say that this window might be short lived. He is a very ill man. I'd so appreciate your help, whether its 50p, £1, or more, every little helps. I would love to give this man this gift as I cannot do much else for him.
MANY PEOPLE HAVE HESITATIONS ABOUT GIVING MONEY TO THE HOMELESS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS EVIDENT THAT THEY HAVE A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, I CAN ASSURE YOU STEVIE HAS SOUGHT HELP WITH HIS DRINKING AND IS LOOKING SO MUCH HEALTHIER, HIS PAST DRINKING IS WHAT HAS CAUSED THESE ILLNESS AND THERE ISN'T ANYTHING ELSE HE CAN DO ABOUT IT; I WILL BE ASKING FOR PROOF OF HIM GOING TO THAILAND WITH THIS MONEY, IT WILL NOT BE WASTED, I WILL ENSURE HE USES IT AS HE SHOULD.
to any of you who donate, thank you so much.