Anne Dean


I retired to Beverley from Derbyshire eleven years ago to give myself a treat. Although I was happy there I was a bit restless and then I heard about Open Doors and started coming in weekly for the morning and after a few months I decided I wanted to live in this community where I could meet the people I saw on Thursdays in the normal course of life in the street.

I sold my house in Beverley quite successfully and was able to buy a slightly bigger house split into two flats to let upstairs one at a time or a couple at a time to asylum seekers and I’m now having my seventh tenant from the Congo and it has all worked out very happily and so I can come to Open Doors just walking up the road and I wouldn’t have not done it for anything.

Photos and interview © Quentin Budworth

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