A homeless and penniless man has inspired acts of kindness and cruelty since his story appeared nine days ago in our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press.
Former Gleed Boys’ School pupil Adam Beeson (24) has been camping on a makeshift bed in a derelict Spalding building for around six weeks and returned there on Tuesday to find “all my stuff had been moved” and his bed “all wet”.
He said: “I obviously picked it up and smelled it and it was pee.”
But caring readers have offered help, with one suggesting he could go to Pennygate Foundation in Spalding for a hot meal each day and a wash – and a member of the team there confirmed to the Spalding Guardian that Adam would be welcome.
A local groundworks company is offering to help fund Adam to gain a CSCS card –which would help him find work in the construction industry – and Adam was following that up on Tuesday.
One reader has offered Adam clean clothes, spare food and a blanket – which we have accepted with Adam’s agreement – and we will let him know when the items are ready for collection.
Another reader is doing her best to collect some essentials for Adam, including a torch so he doesn’t have to live by candlelight at night, and again we will let Adam know when he can collect them.
Adam says the homeless agency P3 has spoken to him about the possibility of a room in Boston but he doesn’t yet know when it will be available.
Although P3 may be able to find a room for Adam, he says: “I am getting a lot of trouble. I need to find a new place. A pop-up tent would be ideal.”
In our first meeting Adam was frank about his troubled life and his desire to quit drugs.
This week he again told us: “I am going to work with Addaction to try to get off the drugs.”
In a Facebook post, Adam said his bed and sleeping bag had been damaged and asked: “Why?”
He also revealed his frustration about money supposedly being collected for him being given to another homeless man after drug paraphernalia was found at the derelict building where Adam is staying.
•The building has had many different occupants since it became derelict.