Liana, Marks and Spencer, Liverpool

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 19 years old and I’ve sold Big Issue North for about four months now. 

How is it going?
It’s going pretty good. I love it. It’s good to sell the magazine every day and to make some money. And it’s a good atmosphere when I am selling. I sell the magazine to make money, but I also like selling the magazine anyway. The people I see are very good to me and everyone is looking out for me – even the security people from Marks and Spencer look after me.

Where are you from?
I was born in Romania, but I have spent most of my life in the UK. I moved to Liverpool about nine months ago and before that I lived with my family in London. I came to Liverpool to live with my aunty. 

Which city do you prefer?
I like both places. Things are very different here. It’s very expensive in London. Liverpool is a lot cheaper!

Would you ever return to Romania?
No, I wouldn’t go back there. I was very young when we left. People don’t really think that I am from there and it is not my home.

What would you like to do in the future?
I would like to help homeless people. I see a lot of people on the street near my pitch and I feel sorry for them. There’s this guy who is begging near my pitch. When he first saw me he wasn’t very nice to me but then we talked and it is okay now. I am going to try and encourage him to come and sell the magazine instead of begging.

Tell us about your family.
I have four sisters and four brothers. I am the oldest of them all. They all live in London. I miss them but I talk to them all the time. I saw them at Christmas. I went to church with my mum on Christmas Day and had a big celebration at new year. 

What do you hope for in 2022?
I hope everyone is well and that this virus will finish. But I don’t worry about the future. If you do something good then good things will happen to you.

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