When Nicole Sedgebeer was stranded in Euston late at night, Mark a homeless man, helped her out. She had missed her last train and was left at the station in central London at 3am on March 4.
A crowdfunding page was initially set up to raise £8,000 but has far exceeded this.
Nicole was ‘about to burst into drunken tears’, so Mark took her to an all-night cafe, promising to meet her the next morning and walk her back to the station in time for her train.
‘Not only did he turn up, but he had to get a bus to come get me,’ Nicole said.
‘This man, who I probably would have avoided eye contact with if he asked for spare change, completely changed such a negative event into the most eye-opening event in my life.
‘Mark, you are one special man.’
Her original post went viral, and was shared more than 18,000 times on Facebook.
She said: ‘Best birthday gift ever seeing how much people have donated for Mark. Thank you to everyone who’s helped us hit our target. Let’s keep going!’
To donate to help Mark, visit Nicole’s JustGiving page here.