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A homeless busker on the streets of Manchester found a purse near to his pitch, the purse was crammed with credit and debit cards and cash, he went to Barclays bank where the cards were issued from and gave them to the counter staff, the purse was returned to a grateful owner who went straight to the busker and gave him a handsome reward.

The story got onto the front page of the Manchester Evening News and dozens of people have called to see the busker giving hims gifts and a homeless charity have given him a 2 bed house, now isn't that a lovely Christmas story?

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Indeed Malcolm B-)......




The homeless hero who returned a lost purse stuffed with cash and bank cards could have somewhere to live by Christmas – and money to enjoy the festive season.


The M.E.N. revealed how busker Alan Dent, 69, took Sandy Sharples’ purse to a bank after finding it on Market Street in Manchester city centre.


Mum-of-one Sandy, 43, from Stretford, publicly thanked Alan, who has been homeless for five years, for resisting the temptation to help himself to any of her £70 cash.


His honesty also struck a chord with our readers – and he has now been rewarded with a bumper day of busking and a charity’s offer of a home.



Alan, who plays the recorder, said: "I was very pleased to be offered a house. It would really take the pressure off if it all comes together. At this time of year, a warm house and a decent bath can really make all the difference, and it would help with my rheumatics and arthritis.


"The person I spoke to was very nice, and they said they hoped to find me somewhere to live as soon as possible – so here’s hoping I’ll be in by Christmas. I’m a Buddhist, but I do celebrate the festive season as best as possible. I just hope to see my lady friend, Annette, on Christmas Day – that would make my day."


Alan worked for a Tarot phone line until it went out of business in 2005. He was evicted from his house in Whalley Range in 2007 and has been living in temporary accommodation in Gorton ever since.


Back at his usual pitch on Market Street, he received many donations of money, food and hot drinks from passers-by touched by his story.


Alan said: "I think I was given at least £150 over the course of the day, which is incredible. So many people have stopped to talk to me, and congratulate me. It’s been a real pleasure."


Mike Lycett, 42, from Stockport, was among the people to stop and talk to Alan. Mike said: "He’s fantastic. I read about what he did and it warmed my heart. It gives you hope."


Hazel Dorrian and daughter Rachel travelled in from Salford. Hazel, 49, said: "I read his story in the M.E.N. and thought I have to go to see him. What a brilliant gentleman Alan is."


Joyce Boyce, 62, from Urmston, said: "It didn’t surprise me when I read about it. I’ve been speaking to Alan for a few years now and I give him a little something when I go by. He really is a lovely, kind man."


Bryan Johnston, 35, a nurse from Moston, stopped to give Alan a food parcel and coffee.


Bryan said: "With all the rubbish going on in this world, hearing about someone like Alan gives you hope for humanity."



Now there's a lesson for our politicians and bankers ;-)

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Indeed it is Malcolm.


We get so used to reading about and sometimes experiencing staggering levels of corporate and personal dishonesty in all walks of life that it is easy to forget that even when someone is financially on their knees, they can keep what is really important - A moral compass.



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