Wednesday 13 December 2017

Beggar flown from Scotland to Sweden by kind-hearted tourists for Christmas

Jimmy Fraser spent Christmas in Sweden with Annis Lindkvist and her family CREDIT: PROVIDED
Jimmy Fraser spent Christmas in Sweden with Annis Lindkvist and her family CREDIT: PROVIDED

Mark Molloy

An Edinburgh street beggar spent Christmas in Sweden after two kind-hearted tourists invited him to spend the festive period with their family.

Annis Lindkvist and her sister Emma say they were visiting the Scottish capital before Christmas and stopped to ask previously homeless man Jimmy Fraser for directions.

The sisters revealed they quickly struck up a friendship with the 54-year-old, with Annis exchanging numbers and keeping in touch with the Scottish father-of-two.

After discovering he would be spending Christmas alone, the Swedish national got him a new passport and paid for his flights to Scandinavia.

The 37-year-old told BBC Scotland: “There is a big place in my heart for him.

“We give money to charity every month but we have never done anything like this before.

“There were friends and family who thought I was really crazy but I just opened my home to him and said that everything that is ours was his too.”

The dad-of-two told the newspaper: “It’s just really amazing, I just can’t thank them enough. It’s unreal – even though I’m back I still can’t believe it did actually happen.”

The former security guard, who has found accommodation through homeless charity the Ark Trust, added the trip was a “dream come true”.

He moved to Edinburgh 13 years ago after becoming homeless following a divorce, reports say.

Telegraph.co.uk

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