A HEARTBREAKING picture shows an elderly woman sleeping rough under a duvet on a Manchester street.
The scared pensioner was found shivering as she slept rough this week, with just a tarpaulin between her and the cold ground.
Volunteers who came across the older woman, sleeping alone on the shopping street, said she was very confused.
A member of the Don’t Walk Past organisation first saw her on Tuesday evening.
One of the volunteers posted the heartbreaking image on Facebook, with it soon going viral as dozens of people offered to help.
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Lauren Jones told the Manchester Evening News: “She was very confused.
“She was scared. She was sitting on a tarpaulin, with just a duvet. She was freezing cold.
“She said she’s been moved on from where she’d been. She was in Piccadilly Gardens.
“It was scary for her, there were lots of noises. She said it was like ‘Armageddon’.
“We’re still trying to find out what happened to her, how she ended up on the streets.”
‘SHE WAS SCARED’
The group have put her up in a hotel and given her a new phone, while they continue to help her with the council’s assistance.
A Manchester council spokesman said: “We are pleased to see that quick action was taken to get this woman off the streets and into safe, stable accommodation.
“Our outreach team worked alongside homelessness charities and organisations to find her after being alerted on Wednesday.
“While we were unsuccessful, we were relieved to learn that she had been found by a partner charity.”
Manchester is now in Tier 3 and living with the toughest of the coronavirus restrictions.
More than 20 men and women, reportedly from Eastern Europe, lay on mattresses and cardboard outside a swanky Mercedes showroom in one of London’s richest areas.
It came amid a spike in homelessness after hotels reopened for business and evicted rough sleepers after housing them during the height of the coronavirus lockdown.