16-22 SEPTEMBER 2019 BIGISSUE.COM | 09
ActorMichaelSheenhasalready made a
huge contribution to Welsh football after
dipping into his savings to ensure Cardiff’s
Homeless World Cup went ahead this year.
Now he is forking out to sponsor new
Welsh women’s team
Newport City, donating
£ 2 00 to support Wales
HWC keeper Jennifer
(pictured) said she
was stunned at his
generosity as she chased
a goal of a different kind
- £ 1 , 500 for the team’s
costs and kit.
“Michael Sheen has
been fantastic,” said
Gattrell. “He’s such a
generous man and he’s
great as a person as well. He hasn’t let fame
get to him.
“I was actually sat in bingo when I got the
notification that Michael Sheen had donated
that much and I was just like, ‘Wow!’.”
Richie ‘amazed’ at
£5k leg op donation
Customers raise funds to help popular
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A Big Issue vendor who faces a leg
amputation in the coming months has
said he is amazed that a fundraiser
among his regular customers has
raised more than £5,500.
Veteran vender Richie, 47 , who sells
the magazine outside M&S in Lincoln,
is due to undergo surgery before
Christmas after doctors discovered that
he was left with just seven per cent of
circulation in his left leg.
The news left one of his
regulars, Deborah Chester, feeling
so “heartbroken” that she set up a
fundraiser that has seen £ 5 , 570
raised to help Richie in the six to
eight weeks when he won’t be able to
sell the magazine.
The former horticultural engineer,
who lost his beloved dog Stix earlier
this year, said: “It’s amazing. I have
some amazing friends and family in
Lincoln and I care for them as much as
they care for me.
“If my leg wasn’t so bad I would
get another dog straight away. As soon
as I get my leg sorted and get used to
the prosthetic, that’s the first thing on
Meanwhile, we are sad to announce
that much-loved London Big Issue
vendor Andy Wotton has died.
The 52-year-old, who was originally
from Scotland but sold the magazine
outside Waitrose Barbican, died on
Monday September 2.
Andy, who suffered from a long-
term condition, fell ill and was taken to
hospital on September 1 before passing
away the following day.
Scores of Andy’s customers got in
touch with The Big Issue to pay tribute,
and flowers have been laid on his pitch
outside the store.
Chrissie Tiller said: “Andy was part of
our community and life in that part of
London. He cheered people up and he
was there for us.”
Sheen digs deep
week as we launched a team-up with fintech
Th e story featured in a host of national
newspapers and trended on the BBC website.
It also went across the airwaves with Big
Issue editor Paul McNamee appearing on
BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland while
the news featured across commercial giants
LBC, Smooth and Heart.
Enabling our vendors to use iZettle
card machines is crucial in ensuring they
are financially included in an increasingly
Keep an eye on bigissue.com for an
interactive map to find your nearest vendor
offering contactless payments.
Success is on the
cards for vendors