Antoinette 23 !

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Stories like this definitely make you realise how lucky you are to have shelter , warmth and a family on these cold winter nights and … especially at christmas time  .

I found Antoinette crying in a doorway , shivering and freezing cold . We approached her concerned as to why she was crying and to try and comfort her .

Straight away she noticed the camera around my neck and i was met with pleas of

” Please take my picture so my mum will see it and know where I am ” .

In a flash , a lump rose in my throat ….. Anyway , we had been shopping and were on the way home , so …. I had in my bag food items and a pink glove and hat set which had been brought for my daughter . I immediately  took out the sandwich and the hat and gloves thinking that it would do her a lot more good at this moment in time  , she could keep herself warm and sate her hunger . With many thanks , in less than a second , the gloves and hat were on and the sandwich was being hastily eaten to numerous jeers from passers by of

” Why are you speaking to her “

” Dosser “

” Lend us a quid to score “

” Scum “

Today i think its almost considered a taboo to speak to people living on the streets never mind to offer a helping hand  because the looks i got whilst helping her and the things people said as they walked past , enjoying their night of drink and drugs ( Probably ) were terrible . People are so selfish and inconsiderate ( The world could be a better place if everyone would love each other as they love themselves ) .

In the next 15 minutes I heard a heart wrenching story , through tears , of how she was missing her family , particularly her mother and son.

Antoinette had come from Burnley where she had her own son , at a young age , until she had lost her home , after which he was taken off her . The grief she felt at not knowing where he was , was so clear in her eyes and by what she said . She just wanted to get back home to her mother , see her son and sort everything out ( easier said than done when your in such a terrible situation ) .

She was recently blinded in one eye through being assaulted on the streets of Blackpool of which no action was taken  . There was no way for her to get any help or a place to stay at so short notice . You feel so helpless when faced with situations like this .

This young girl who seemed to have aged way beyond her years was in desperate need of solace . I wish to have helped her more and I only hope we provided her with some comfort and warmth on this freezing cold night .

Her last words to me when i left were …

” Please don’t let your son turn out to be like me , tell him to be a good boy stay with his  mum and dad …. and work hard ”

 

6 Comments on “Antoinette 23 !

  1. So true, a message to stay working and shut up or we will be that person…Tis not good to go against the gov’t agenda…

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  2. heartbreaking. touching that you were there to help for a bit. It is difficult, confronting and overwhelming for most of us to contemplate the lives of the impoverished. we do not want to see it, I think for fear of being helpless to to Fix it.

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  3. They say when Jesus was on the earth he mostly went straight to people like this. I guess if it was top priority to “the Son of God” then you did good by going to her despite what passers by might have said.

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  4. I see people like Antoinette every day here in Southampton. It seems like we are returning to the Victorian times rather than going forward. We once prided ourselves with no-one being homeless unless they chose to. You are a very good photographer – I wish this could get into one of the main papers and that someone would find her.

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  5. Yes me also , I hope that something good comes of this post that will help her and maybe re- unite her with family at christmas . Ty everyone for all your comments it means a lot have a great day .

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