Michael Sheen fronts campaign starring Norfolk teen

Actor Michael Sheen Photo: Wikipedia

Actor Michael Sheen Photo: Wikipedia - Credit: Archant

A Hollywood heavyweight has backed a charity campaign starring a Norfolk teenager.

Jess Read became homeless aged just 17 after a difficult family background. Picture: Jess Read

Jess Read became homeless aged just 17 after a difficult family background. Picture: Jess Read - Credit: Archant

BAFTA award winner Michael Sheen is the face of a new youth homelessness campaign which focuses on the journey of former homeless Norwich teenager, Jess Read.

The actor, 50, said: "The thought of anybody being without something as basic as a safe and stable home to live in is terrible, but particularly young people."

Jess Read is the star of a new campaign aimed to raise awareness around youth homelessness. Picture:

Jess Read is the star of a new campaign aimed to raise awareness around youth homelessness. Picture: Jess Read - Credit: Archant

The campaign has been launched by End Youth Homelessness.

Miss Read, 19, who became homeless aged just 17, tried to take her own life in 2017.


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She was referred to Winston Court in North Walsham, run by the Benjamin Foundation, which provides accommodation and round-the-clock support. She now lives independently in Downham Market and works as a Peer Mentor for Revolutionary Routes, where she coaches young people with a similar background.

She said: "If I can help one young person who has been through a tough time that's enough."

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