Homeless man will spend Christmas Day alone in Lidl car park after mum’s death

A homeless man will spend Christmas Day alone in a Lidl car park after his mum's death.

Paul Hall, 39, has been living in the shop's car park in Hull since October -and said Christmas will be "just another day" on the streets to him.

He was forced to take shelter at the supermarket two months ago after he sadly lost his mum in July and lived on the streets since.

Paul, who now calls Lidl his home, said: "I'll be here on Christmas Day as usual as outside Lidl is my home now. It's just another day really. I won't be celebrating – my concern is more about trying to keep warm and fed.

"I've got my stuff here and I do all right. My tent is pitched up but it's been too wet to sleep in there at the moment, so I've been bedding down on papers behind the trolleys on a night.

"I do all right as I sit outside the exit of the supermarket and people will often ask me if I want anything or come out with food to give me.

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"I've never gone rummaging in the bins here though, I'd never do that.

"I'm not having much luck finding work with the situation I'm in, but if I could get it, I'd do it, but for now it is what it is, Christmas or not."

Throughout his life, Paul has lived on and off the streets when family and friends have been able to put him up.

While living at Lidl, members of the public have provided Paul with tents, bedding, clothes and food, which he thanked them for when speaking to Hull Live .

"The tent that I was using had a leak in it so I was having to sleep behind the trolleys under the supermarket for shelter, but I don't have to anymore as someone brought two new tents for me," he said.

"I took my old tent down as it was a bit useless really and have pitched up the new one in a different spot and have the other as a spare in case anything goes wrong with this one.

"A lot more people have now spoken to me and helped me, which I really do appreciate.

"When you're homeless it's like people don't even want to look at you or acknowledge your presence, even though you're right in front of them, in case they will catch something."

The death of Paul's mum has been difficult for him to get over, and he previously told Hull Live about the shock of finding her not breathing at home.

"I was staying at my mam's but sadly she died. It was horrible really. I came back home and walked in the house and found her face down blue just not moving or breathing," he said.

"I rang 999 but the paramedics couldn't save her. It was so sad and so frightening.

"Then I had to leave the house and cope with losing her as well as being homeless."

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