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Michael Sheen fronts campaign starring Norfolk teen

PUBLISHED: 06:35 24 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:13 24 September 2019

Actor Michael Sheen Photo: Wikipedia

Actor Michael Sheen Photo: Wikipedia

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

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

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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.

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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