Charlotte Ellis and her boyfriend Taylor Waldon missed the last train leaving in Covent Garden in London, the United Kingdom. The couple were stranded, cold, and would have to wait four hours till the train resumed service. A homeless man named Joey approached the couple and said, “You can borrow my coat and duvet if you want? It’s a long wait and it’s freezing tonight.” The three sat together and talked. When it was time to bid their farewells with their new friend, Ellis, a wedding planner, couldn’t just leave him. ” No one deserves to be out in these conditions,” she posted on Facebook. What happened next, changed the course of Joey’s life.Ellis invited Joey back to her house, shocked, he declined initially.
Although concerned her mom would be mad at her, Ellis knew she couldn’t just leave Joey behind.
“We get a cab home and much to Joeys horror he ends up in the cabin in the woods, in the middle of nowhere (I can’t even begin to imagine what he must first initially of thought) Joey put all his trust into us. As much as we put all our trust into him,” she wrote.
Ellis said her mom’s reaction was what she expected, “as soon as she met him she understood why we had done what we had done. I knew she would understand.”
“All my friends and family initially thought we were crazy and thought the worst,” Ellis admitted. “After we introduced them to Joey they all loved him instantly because he is honestly such a genuine guy.”
He was taken for a haircut, Indian food, and some of Ellis’ and Waldon’s friends have given Joey new clothes. “They go play football, watch Django, the boys play playstation, he helps my mum feed the horses, he has a roast dinner,” Ellis shared.
Ellis’ Facebook post went viral which surprised her but hope this starts a movement. “We’re absolutely astonished and overwhelmed that my post went viral, all I hope is that people think to give people like Joey a little bit of their time. That’s all I I wish for,” she said.