Homeless man in Melbourne leaves heartwarming note for 'very kind' woman

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

A homeless man living in Melbourne has left a heartwarming note for a “very kind” nurse.

The note, which has been shared on a Melbourne-based forum on social media site Reddit, was found on a bench in Fawkner Park, South Yarra, last week.

In the handwritten note, an Englishman named Phil wrote that he slept on the Fawkner Park bench “last night”.

“A very kind lady left some food for me when I woke up,” he said.

“I think she is a nurse at The Alfred (hospital). She had a blue uniform on as she walked away.

“I would like to say thank you to her.”

Phil, a homeless man, thanks a nurse for leaving him a meal. Source: Reddit/ BookstoreAmnesia

It’s not known who Phil or the nurse are. Yahoo News has contacted The Alfred for comment.

However the kind act by the anonymous stranger he been applauded online with Reddit users full of appreciation for nurses and the work they do.

“They are gifts to every life they touch that's for sure. Have my own fair share of reasons to thank them,” one person wrote.

Another added they are “convinced nurses are the best people in the world”.

Other people suggested Phil’s note was an example of how difficult it is being homeless in Australia.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, homelessness increased by 4.6 per cent between 2011 to 2016.

Dr Paul Jelfs, general manager of Population and Social Statistics, said one quarter of those experiencing homelessness were aged between 20-30.

Fifteen per cent of those falling into homelessness were described as “recent migrants”.

A Reddit user who claimed to work in community housing wrote that the journey “in and out of homelessness” is just “terrible”.

“It's acts like this which can give hope to a heavily marginalised part of our society. We need more of this, but we also need a government which doesn't purely rely on the goodness of the community to help them,” they wrote.

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