Loving Edinburgh carer launches fundraiser to give 'Wee Jimmy' the send off he deserved

A kindhearted Corstorphine carer who tried to save the life of rough sleeper ‘Wee Jimmy’ the night before he died has started a fundraiser to pay for his funeral and a memorial bench.

Jimmy was found dead on the morning of Monday April 29 in the Glasgow Road area of the capital.

The Sunday night prior Alison Morrison called emergency services as she began to grow concerned for his life.

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Sadly Jimmy refused treatment from paramedics and hours later he was found dead on the street.

Alison built a relationship with Jimmy over several years, often bringing him food and warm beverages as well as clothing from her husband Alan.

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To ensure that the local legend is remembered, she is aiming to raise £5,000 to pay for a memorial service and a bench in his memory.

“The Community wants to ensure Jimmy is not forgotten,” Alison said. “It also highlights how great the community is to want to promote respect.

“A lot of people have said they will attend, so hopefully he will have a good turn out. It is on May 20 at 7pm, at St Thomas's on Glasgow Road.

“I have also had offers from Nikki's Fleurs' who will provide some flowers. Everyone has been very passionate about helping him have a nice send off.

“Getting the bench will ensure he isn't forgotten as he has been a massive part of the community for years. Somebody said that this will mean he will still be a part of our community.

“Hopefully, it also promotes compassion in the area, as sometimes people just need a helping hand. Hopefully people don't just walk by, and they say hello because a lot of homeless people think they are invisible.

“They are too often just seen as druggies, drunkards or thieves so people walk-on by.”

Alison added that it would be a nice touch if any local bus drivers or motorcyclists, who he would often wave to, could attend his service.

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“He loved motorbikes,” she added. “He used to jump up and down with excitement when he saw them.

“If any bikers are around, it would be a great way to pay their respects. He loved buses too and waved at all the drivers.”

To support Alison’s fundraiser, please click here.