During the day, this 20-year-old man from Birmingham, England, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a bartender. But by night, he is a real-life superhero “doing heroic things, like feeding the homeless”. Donning a Spider-Man suit to anonymously deliver sandwiches to those in need, he is well-known as the “Birmingham SpiderMan”, and hopes that his work will show others that everyone deserves a helping hand – no matter their situation.
“I’ve learned that everyone is the same, we’re all part of the human experience and I… believe that we need to look at everyone as humans and help each other the same as we would a close friend,” he wrote in a message to the Huffington Post.
The young man began doing charitable work years ago, but started his nighttime routine about a few months ago. At about 9 p.m. every evening, he purchases sandwiches with his own money and then walks – like a comic book hero – to an ally where he can quietly slip into his “uniform”. He then proceeds to walk the streets handing out sandwiches to the hungry and homeless.
While donning a superhero costume might just seem like a ‘fun’ idea, he says that it actually draws attention to the cause. “Before when I was handing out food, no one would take a second look,” he said to HuffPost. “But when they see Spider-Man handing out the food they come over and ask what I’m doing and are really interested. Most importantly [they] become inspired to get involved themselves.”
The anonymous man’s deeds have already rallied support from around the Birmingham community, inspiring some of its members to offer money. But the do-gooder does not accept cash donations – instead he urges them to get out and get involved as well.
What do TrueActivist readers think? He is certainly an inspiring example of how one can ‘Be the Change’ they wish to see in the world.