Our Sue’s Back on the Telly, But That Won’t Stop Her Homeless Charity…
By Kirsty Rigg
Rochdale’s very own comedy actress Sue Devaney is back on our screens very soon - but her busy schedule has not stopped her from working tirelessly to help those in need.
The actress, who is best known for her roles in Casualty, DInnerladies and Coronation Street as well as her theatre work, has teamed up with Big Issue North to support their brand new publication, The New Issue, in the hope of raising awareness of an ongoing homelessness problem in the area.
She said: “It made me realise the severity of the problem and opened my eyes to the homelessness situation we are encountering all over our country. I got chatting to many of them and they opened-up about their experiences and backgrounds. I found many of their stories heartbreakingly tragic. But they could laugh, and we did, and they still had a cracking sense of humour in the face of adversity.”
“I found every tale fascinating - we’re all very-good at making first impressions, but more-often-than -not, we are wrong. I met ex-army men, ex-lawyers, single-mothers, students, addicts, people struggling with mental health problems, all living outside or in tents or rundown hostels. Nobody, absolutely nobody should be living like this In 2020 unless they choose to!”
Sue’s support of The New Issue magazine aims to encourage more people to support a good cause. She added: “We need to stop putting a plaster over the problem, and start getting to the root cause, but being able to provide help for these vulnerable people is a very good place to start.”
“The Big Issue North has got independent journalism in it which I support. The New Issue is a fab new project, and I can’t wait to see how it all works out.”
The New Issue is available quarterly for £40 per year.