A homeless man who protected an open car from thieves has been given a £15,000 donation to say thank you.
James John McGeown stood in the freezing cold for three hours to make sure a handbag, with £400 inside, wasn’t stolen from a car which had its window wound down.
John McMonagle, the owner of the car from Clydebank in Glasgow, was incredibly thankful for James, who took the bag he was protecting to nearby solicitors Browns, who then called the police.
John shared the incredible story on Facebook writing:
While at Glasgow Sheriff Court as a witness with Alyshia Orford, after three hours in court, on returning to my car, I could see the police around my car.
When I approached, the police officer told me I left the window of my car down and Alyshia’s handbag was in full view – it had £400 in the bag and I had £50 in the centre counsel.
Homeless James noticed the window down and saw the handbag. He stood in the frozen rain for two and a half hours to make sure no one entered my car.
He was so cold he took the bag and rummaged through it to see if there was any ID.
There wasn’t so the building behind was a solicitors office, Browns, where he took the bag and held it to the receptionist and explained, also telling them there was £400 in the bag.
He explained there was also money in the car. The receptionist called the police and this is when I arrived.
This man is homeless and alcohol dependant and an absolute gentleman, we were even having some banter on realising I follow the opposite Glasgow team from him.
He said if he knew that, he would have taken the bag. God bless you, James.
The post has gone viral, receiving 4,000 likes and nearly 2,000 shares, which lead to John setting up a GoFundMe page, so people can make donations towards James and Glasgow’s homeless community.
At time of writing John has raised an incredible £15,000 thanks to the generosity of over 1,000 people.
The first £5,000 will go exclusively to James and the rest of the money will be split between him and the homeless community after John has spoken to an expert – he’s said at least 10 per cent of the donations will go to the community.
Posting a photo yesterday of the pair driving in a car, John said he was driving James to a detox centre in Glasgow, where he hopes he’ll stay in for the full three weeks.
We wish James all the best with his recovery.
If you want to donate you can do so on GoFundMe.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.