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Homeless man gets roof over head for Christmas thanks to brilliant sign

A man who was homeless will now have a roof over his head for Christmas after his brilliantly honest sign.

Michael Bucknell went viral on Facebook after being on and off the streets for several years, meaning he needed a roof over his head.

The 38-year-old, who is originally from Doncaster, was left asking for help outside an Aldi in Wakefield, but he says he ended up being spat at and shouted at, Yorkshire Live reports.

He now has a home after making a sign which read: “I’m Michael, I don’t do drugs or alcohol – I’m just unlucky to of become homeless.

“I’m looking for work or any odd jobs. Thank you for your help and kindness, Michael.”

Michael was approached by a woman called Mollie May, who posted on Facebook encouraging people to help him get into work.

He told Yorkshire Live: “I don’t like begging – I find it quite degrading. I’ve been spat on, punched, accused of only asking for money to take drugs.

“I’m just someone that’s fallen on hard times – I’ve been up and down throughout my life and I’ve just been wanting somewhere to call home recently.

“I said to myself: ‘I want to be off of the streets before Christmas’ and now people have given me that Christmas present.”

While Michael is still waiting for a job offer, he is getting more donations and people regularly stop to buy him food.

He has now raised £150 which he has taken to Dominion Housing Services, which provide unemployed people with housing in the area.

He now hopes to raise the funds to buy some home comforts, like a TV and a toaster.

“I’m starting from scratch, but I’m working my way up,” Michael said.

“It’s a fresh start and I hope it will be a new chapter of my life. It feels brilliant – I can’t thank the public enough. They helped me in a big way.

“Now I’m off of the streets I’m going to grab this opportunity with both hands and not let it go.”

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