According to a parliament worker, who remains to be anonymous, that it is the best possible way to make sure that the memory of Gyula Remes remains with us. The parliamentary workers raised over £5,000 and donated it to an organization called StretLink in memory of Gyula, who was a rough sleeper near the House of Commons. According to them, the case is “shocking” and “shameful”. Each donator gave around £200, so the £5,000 donation quickly came about.
One of the donators said the following: “I’d rather pay this every month in tax than see another story about someone like Gyula Remes dying due to the indifference and complacency of people who should know better.” – News.sky.com.
All £5,000 will be received by StreetLink, which is an organisation that helps the homeless to connect with local support services and other means of help.
Gyula Remes, a Hungarian national suddenly died on Tuesday, as he collapsed in the Underground tunnel connecting Westminster station with the House of Commons. For his honour, people gathered flowers and his favourite drink, a Belgian beer, Stella Artois. His friend Gábor recounted that Remes always said he loved Stella, for which many people thought he referred to his wife or partner.
Paul, a homeless man who slept rough with Gyula Remes, said concerning the fundraising that it was “humbling”, but he had his concerns. He worries whether the money will be in good hands and whether it will be spent or distributed “the way it should be”.
He said that although “there are plenty of charities in London – there’s Passage, Crisis, and Connections, to name a few – yet we are still in the same position after a year despite this charity donation, so I’m not sure”. He is not alone with his fear, however. Marco Lisi, another homeless man, who sleeps near Westminster, shares Paul’s concerns. Marco thinks that raising money is a good solution to help homeless people if it is utilised directly to help people sleeping on the streets.
You can read about another Hungarian homeless, who became a hero in the UK.
The anonymous person, who organised the fundraising explained his decision when choosing what action to take. “Many will rightly want to debate the best thing to do about rough sleeping, but we thought that the best gesture that would be open to everyone across the parliamentary estate might be to donate to StreetLink”
Shockingly, the case of Gulya Remes was not the only one, another rough sleeper who was living near the Palace of Westminster died earlier this year.
Melanie Onn, a shadow housing minister, accused the parliamentary workers, taking part in the fundraising, of, as she formulated, “outsourcing” responsibility:
“These figures are the result of an increasingly fracturing system of social security and support, results of government decisions, government choices.”
You can check out the reaction of the opposition for Hungary’s new homeless law HERE.