A former Big Issue vendor who shot to fame in BBC documentary SKINT has voiced a new Christmas charity single to raise cash for homeless charities.
Vernon Burgess’ spell on SKINT made him a famous face in Birmingham as he showed an honest, eye-opening insight into homelessness and poverty in the second city.
Now 58, the former Big Issue seller has teamed up with producer No Abode for Vernon’s Song – with Burgess explaining how homelessness comes from circumstance, not choice, and delivering a powerful call for compassion at Christmas.
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Burgess said: “I was busking in Moseley when I met No Abode. He said I had a bit of talent and asked me if I would like to do a song.
“Everyone still knows me from SKINT and people still watch it on their phones and recognise me. I’ve been able to get through life easier because of it. I’m not a millionaire or anything like that but it has changed my life.