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.