Dave, Altrincham

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 47 now and originally from Wythenshawe. 

’It feels great to have my own place again. I’m feeling more healthy’

How long have you sold Big Issue North?
I’ve been selling the magazine in Altrincham since about 2004, which is a very long time. I keep selling it because it gives me something to do and I like a lot of the people here. It’s a friendly town and I’ve got some great customers and other people who just stop and talk to me. 

What was your childhood like?
My childhood was all right. Good. I went to school. Came home. Played out. I was a normal little lad. It was a relationship breakdown a long time ago that saw me end up on the street. I just never got sorted out from that, really. 

Where are you living now?
I’m living in Timperley at the moment. It’s a private rented place. Until early this year I was living in a place in Altrincham but the landlord sold the property and we had to move out. We had nowhere else to go so we ended up on the streets over the summer. 

How did that feel?
It was very disheartening. But I just had to knuckle down and get on with it. There was nothing else I could do. We stayed in a tent in Altrincham. It felt safer here than being in Manchester. Now it feels great to have my own place again. I can watch telly, I’ve got light, I can use the toilet whenever I want. All those basic needs that get taken away when you are homeless, I’ve got back. And I’m feeling more healthy too. Fingers crossed this place will work out.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like reading, especially autobiographies. I’ve just been reading about one of the members of the band Squeeze. 

What makes you happy?
My partner Michelle. We’ve been together for 14 years. She is always there for me and vice versa. We look after each other.

Do you feel positive about the future?
I feel positive some days and some days I don’t. That’s just generally life with anyone, I suppose. I’ll get there in the end. It just takes time. 

Do you have a message for your customers?
Thank you very much for all your support through the hard times and I look forward to another year of your custom. 

Interact: Responses to Dave, Altrincham

  • Emma
    04 Oct 2018 11:39
    I spent many of my breaks having a Greggs coffee with Dave back a few years when I was working a Boots! Always a smile and a good story to tell! I will always remember holding a ‘memorial’ for a pigeon after it took the council a week to take care of its body haha. Good to hear you’re doing well Dave, you bring a lot of happiness into peoples lives, you more than deserve some yourself!
  • Swati Tiwary
    03 Oct 2018 17:25
    Nice to know your name, Dave. I have walked past you so many times in the town centre but only when one reads about people they would otherwise pass by every day, does one realise there is a story behind every face, waiting to be told. I’m so happy that you have chosen to work hard and carve a way out in life for yourself. I love what you said about feeling positive about the future. I’m glad you have a brilliant attitude towards life. What doesn’t kill you surely does make you stronger. And I congratulate you for having chosen to fight than give up. Best always my friend.

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