A small business operator after hearing about the plight of Wayne Palmer, the 51-year-old entertainer who has fallen on hard times to the point where he is now walking the streets and begging just to survive, has reached out to the Maxfield Avenue resident to offer some assistance.
The craft vendor, Nicola Ferguson, who was featured in a Loop News article a few weeks ago, made contact with Palmer last Friday and donated a phone to the 1980s artiste known for his hits such as ‘Hell In A Town’ and ‘Suzie’ on the Firehouse label.
“The other day I heard about Mr Palmer’s story and to tell you the truth it really touched my heart to see a person who was once somewhere in society suffering at that level it is really sad and that is why I decided to make a donation to help,” said Ferguson.
The gift may not be the biggest in the world but in my small way this is the help that I can offer,” said the 35-year-old vendor, who owns a gift shop at the Kingston craft market.
Ferguson said she hopes that Palmer will use the phone to re-open lines of communication that were once broken with family members.
“I am hoping that with this phone he can even get in touch with some of his family members who he said is overseas and who may want to get in contact with him,” said Ferguson who plans to carry out more projects to help the less fortunate.
Palmer while receiving the gift said he could hardly find words to express how he felt.
“To see that this lady Ms Ferguson heard about my story and has come forward to offer me help when so many out there has scorned and criticized me is truly a blessing,” said Palmer, who fought hard to hold back the tears.
Palmer went further to point out that since his story was first highlighted, Ferguson was the first person who came forward to help.
“Several persons have come forward to say that they are planning to help but none of those promises have materialized,” said Palmer.
Palmer said despite the slow response he has been receiving strong words of encouragement from Jamaicans from all over and this has helped to push and encourage him to stay focus.
A shadow of his former self, Palmer now spends most of his days at the Kingston waterfront begging for food to survive.
“Things get so rough with me that is just the mercy of God keeping me alive,” Palmer, raggedly dressed and forced to walk with a make shift cane, told Loop News several months ago.
Talking about his past Palmer at the time said he felt there were a number of factors that has led to his current state.
“I have really made some bad mistakes in my life and me feel this is part of my beating,” Palmer confessed.
“From the wrong decisions in my past relationships with women,” he added, “… to resorting to drugs at one point; my life really mash up but me nah give up.”
The singer said, following his setbacks, many of his closest friends have even left him by the wayside.