Help Chris Parker

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** Please note this campaign is for Chris Parker, Stephen Jones (the man who was on ITV) has two funds currently totalling 70-80k. **
- 10.15am 25th May

My name is Michael Johns and like many others have been horrified by the news from Manchester. Amongst the sad details one story has stood out for me and compelled me to make an effort to help one of our most vulnerable in society who showed great selflessness and courage.

This GoFundMe campaign is for the benefit of Chris Parker, the homeless man who was begging in the foyer of the Manchester Arena when a bomb was detonated and selflessly and heroically ran towards the blast zone to help those affected.

Story as reported by the Guardian... 

"A homeless man who rushed into the Manchester Arena to help victims of the attack has told of the moment a woman died in his arms after she was injured in the blast.

Chris Parker, 33, was begging in the foyer of the venue when the bomb went off, killing 22 people and injuring another 59.

He told the Press Association: “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. 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.’”

Parker said he thought the girl’s mother had died from her injuries.

He also said he had tended to a woman in her 60s with serious leg and head injuries. “She passed away in my arms,” he said. “She was in her 60s and she had been with her family. I haven’t stopped crying. The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert.”

Parker has slept rough in Manchester for about a year, PA reports. Meanwhile, residents across the city have opened up their homes and offered help to those affected by the attack, using the hashtag #RoomForManchester on social media."

Homelessness in this country is a widespread tragedy but it is absolutely unacceptable that someone who can react so heroically in such a terrifying situation should be on the streets. Hopefully this campaign will go some way to helping Chris off the streets and also show are gratitude for his actions.

Metro news article here

** NOTE: Whilst this campaign is not currently in contact with Chris, I am making efforts to track him down via journalists who have reported the story. Once he is located I will update the campaign accordingly. In the event no contact can be made all donations will be returned. **
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Hello everyone,

Today (03/01/2018) Chris appeared at Manchester Crown Court, where he admitted to two counts of theft and one count of fraud in relation to belongings he took from victims on the night of May 22nd 2017.

He is due to be sentenced on 30th January. The judge has told him to expect a custodial sentence.

Whereas I do believe Chris has a right to be rehabilitated and have help to turn his life around, prison would be a waste of time and money otherwise; I also must take in to account the integrity of the donations made.

In the circumstances, it is only appropriate for the fund to be wound up and all donations returned.

I do this without any personal judgement on Chris and with complete respect to the ongoing court proceedings.

Please note it is not possible for me to simply give the money to a victims fund or a homeless charity. This is GoFundMe policy to stop people from starting funds for one cause and subsequently giving to another. It is a rule I fully understand and respect.

If you would like to donate to another cause, please make your own arrangements to do so.

I would like to extend my sympathies to his victims that night and also apologise to them for any distress this campaign may have caused them whilst they continue to recover and grieve.

I would also like to thank those individuals and organisations that helped me over the summer months, before his arrest.

My penultimate thanks goes to those who sent in emails of encouragement and kind words. I didn’t get to reply to all of them but they were all appreciated.

Regardless of the outcome, this was still a fine example of what can be achieved when we refuse to be cowed by those who seek to divide.

The final thanks goes to the 3798 of you who donated.

I will be making no further comment unless there needs to be an update about the refund process.

All the best,

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Please also be aware, I have not been receiving emails via the page since early October. The email has recently been reactivated so al enquiries after this update should be received. Regards, Michael
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03/01/2018 -

Some of you may have seen the news and some of you may have not.

I will provide a full update this evening, probably between 6 and 7pm (In 3 or 4 hours time for those of you abroad).

Best wishes,

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Hello everyone - quick update,

Chris appeared in court this morning, after reviewing the evidence against himself the court was adjourned for a brief time.

Upon court reconvening Chris plead NOT GUILTY to all counts.

The trial is listed to begin on January 2nd and last for 3 days. It is only at the conclusion of the trial will I have any further update for the fund.


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Posted by Michael Johns
12 months ago ago
Hi guys I'm going to take the step of laying all of the cards on the table from the campaigns perspective.

This campaign was set up with the goal of getting £1000 raised to keep Chris ticking over in the short term and for him to use to get himself off the street. The response was absolutely unprecedented and raised over £52000 amidst global press coverage.

With the response it has gone from being a fairly straightforward case of just handing over a relatively small amount to having an amount that is *potentially* life changing.

In the course of the early days of the campaign, I sort out advice from numerous different homelessness organisations that progressed on to speaking to outreach workers who know Chris personally.

The model I proposed was to have the money put in to a trust with 5 trustees. Myself on behalf of the campaign and donors, a Solicitor, an Accountant, a homelessness outreach worker and a homelessness support professional with weighting given to the opinions of the outreach worker and support professional.

The model has received blanket support from everyone I've spoken to.

The trust will ensure the goal of the campaign is honoured, to “help”, whilst making sure every penny go’s towards what it was intended for when donated and is utilised in the most effective manner.

There is a numerous list of advantages for Chris personally in this set-up too.

I would like to remind everybody that Chris is a vulnerable person who in the space of little over 8 days has had to deal with a terror attack in which adults and children were killed and maimed, a reunion with his mother, unprecedented press coverage, the responsibility and considerations of 10’s of thousands of pounds being donated to him, all whilst still wondering where his next meal is or where he is staying the night.

After the update last night gofundme have emailed me and stated that they are willing to release a small amount so Chris’s needs can be met in the meantime.

However I have been unable to contact him today..

Until contact can be made and a satisfactory conclusion reached with Chris the likelihood is you will still see him about the streets. The end goal is for Chris to be taken off the streets permanently and given a second chance to get things right. Short term thinking could be extremely damaging.

As with the majority of crowdfunding campaigns the issue that they're raising money for is generally never solved overnight. That is no different for homelessness. Homelessness is not just a simple case of “not enough homes”, there are more often than not personal and social issues that need to be addressed.

The majority of discontent is coming from those who have not donated but I believe this may be having an effect on people who have, so I felt it important to address as much as I can.

I will say, if you do see Chris please consider what I've said above and think twice before posting to social media or making statements to the press. A lot of good can come from media attention but also a lot of negative especially if those statements stem from a misunderstanding of the issues at play.

One final point. The contact button on the page apparently hasn't been working since the beginning of the campaign so I've spoken to gofundme who are looking to get all of your sent messages to me as soon as they can.

All the best guys,

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