West Ham United helps set up homeless Manchester attack hero with an apartment

Stephen Jones’s story inspired West Ham United majority-owner David Sullivan.
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A homeless man being hailed as a hero for his actions following the bombing in Manchester on Monday will soon have his own place to stay, thanks to West Ham United. 

Stephen Jones, 35, was preparing to spend the night on the streets near the Manchester Arena when the bomb went off and rushed to help the victims. Jones said he helped pull nails out of the victims’ flesh and held a woman’s legs up to prevent her from bleeding out. 

His story has attracted worldwide attention, including from West Ham majority owner David Sullivan, whose son Dave tweeted Tuesday that he and his father were looking to help Jones. 

It took less than three hours for the Sullivans to get in touch with Jones. 

“Dave and myself were both hugely impressed by the bravery shown by Steve, the emergency services and all those who rushed to the aid of those affected by the Manchester attack,” the elder Sullivan said in a statement released by the club. “This was a terrible incident, but the response of the people of Manchester has been one of bravery, togetherness and resilience – the hallmarks of what makes Britain such a fantastic place.

“Steve was just one of hundreds of people who forgot about their own safety and rushed to the aid of others, and we were both moved by his story.”

The Sullivans are working with local charities in Manchester to make arrangements for Jones’s apartment, plus some extra money for clothes and other essentials.

In addition to the generosity of the Sullivans, a crowdfunding site has raised more than $48,000.

A second homeless man, 33-year-old Chris Parker, is also credited with springing into action after the attack. Another crowdfunding effort on his behalf has yielded in excess of $48,000.