A man has donated his time and money to help homeless people.
Patrick ‘Fatz’ Long, from Eastbourne, was so upset by the sight of homeless people in Brighton and Hove during a night out that he decided to buy them gifts of clothes, toiletries and essential supplies.
Mr Long filmed himself making his generous donations in the hope of inspiring others.
The 26-year-old DIY store employee said: “I went on a night out in December and saw a lot of homeless people. It ruined my night. I spent the whole night thinking about the homeless people and the next day I went out and bought hats and things and gave them out to people.”
Last week, Fatz decided to repeat his good work. A friend filmed him as he visited people sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton and Hove and gave them bottles of water, flip flops, T-shirts and other items.
He said: “It was very humbling. No one took anything they didn’t need. If they already had a hat they wouldn’t take another. At first people were a bit wary but afterwards you could see people were so happy.”
Mr Long said he spent about £100 of his own money on each trip – roughly the same amount he would spend on alcohol on a normal night out.
He said: “I would like to do another one before the winter and before it gets really cold out there. I know there are lots of charities doing things but on a personal level it’s not a huge thing to do and makes you feel like you’re making a small difference.”
Fatz hopes others might help him make a difference and has set up a fundraising website. If you would like to donate to help Fatz’s missions, visit http://www.gofundme.com/c9kj1g.