Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in 1958 so I am 61 years old. I don’t think I look 61 though. I was born in Leeds.
‘We saw Godzilla. I enjoyed it. My support worker was scared’
Do you enjoy selling Big Issue North?
It’s all right, yes. It’s more money for me. I get good customers. I have learning disabilities so I have a support worker who comes with me to the office to help me buy the magazines and who helps me sell them. I used to sell Big Issue North in Meanwood, but then I moved house and now I sell in Kirkstall. The office helped me find a pitch there. I have sold the magazine for around five years.
How did you start selling the magazine?
I used to sell the Yorkshire Evening Post and when that job stopped, I had the idea to sell the magazine because some other people who used to sell the Evening Post came here when they lost their jobs.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like going to the pictures. We went to see Godzilla recently. It was good. I enjoyed it. My support worker didn’t enjoy it – she was scared. And I like playing pool too. And I like going on holiday. I like going to the seaside in Blackpool. You get some good bargains there. But I haven’t got a holiday planned for this year.
What makes you happy?
I am always happy. I am always laughing.
What’s your favourite food?
What was your childhood like?
I remember that I was picked on when I was a kid. I was stabbed in the back and I got hit. I nearly died, you know. The person who did it got caught and got put away in prison. But things are better for me now.
Do you have any family?
I’ve got a sister who lives a long way from me. We have to go on the motorway to see her. And I have an uncle, but he is very poorly because he has cancer.
Do you have a message for your customers?