A homeless man who aided the wounded after the deadly suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena is now receiving some help from the public. A crowd-funding campaign has raised over $30,000 for Stephen Jones in recognition of his selfless acts after the attack.
As reported by ITV News, Jones was sleeping in the vicinity of the arena on Monday night when the bomb detonated. While Jones originally believed the sound from the explosion was fireworks, he quickly became aware that something else was happening at the arena and sprung into action.
“It’s just instinct to go and help if someone needed your help,” said Jones. “It was children, and it was a lot of children with blood all over them and crying and screaming.”
He went on to describe the scene: “We were having to pull nails out of their arms and a couple out of this little girl’s face.”
Jones also recalled a woman he helped that had such extensive cuts “we thought she was just going to bleed out.”
Speaking about why he gave aid, Jones 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.”
The news station posted their interview with Jones on social media, which was shared over 72,000 times.
In response, a woman created a donation page on a crowd-funding site. The description read: “Steve, a young man living on the streets of Manchester, selflessly ran towards the sounds of terror last night to help people wounded in the horrific attack at Manchester Arena,” continuing, “He said in an interview that he would like to think that people would help him if he needed it…so let’s do just that!”
The equivalent of over $30,000 has been raised by the campaign thus far.
Accordinging to police, the attack on Manchester Arena was carried out by Salman Abedi, 22, just after 10:30 p.m. local time. 22 people were killed in the blast, with the youngest victim being an 8-year-old girl. Nearly 60 more people were also injured in the explosion.