A FORMER banker has made it her mission to help the homeless in Bury with a new night cafe.

Suzanne Angle, aged 41, left her job in corporate banking after a homeless man she used to buy food and drinks for died during a harsh winter.

Miss Angle, who lives in Unsworth, said: "After that I decided the job wasn't where I wanted to be and I wanted to make a difference."

Arming herself with flasks, hats and scarves, Miss Angle wandered the streets of Manchester to help those in need and keeping them warm through the winter months.

From there, Miss Angle formed Helping Manchester and Bury Homeless, which operates thanks to an army of 83 volunteers.

The charity has just launched a night cafe in the Mosses Centre in Bury.

It runs every Friday to Sunday from 7pm to 7am thanks to the volunteers, who can offer somewhere warm, a hot drink and some food. As well as advice and a way to access help through the charity.

Miss Angle hopes in future her charity will become a one stop shop for rough sleepers to come to and get support of all kinds.

Miss Angle has recently started working to help rough sleepers in Bury, after years of operating a street kitchen in Manchester city centre.

She said: "To say it's a small town, Bury Council have informed us there are 15 official rough sleepers and for a small town that's not acceptable. But, Bury has a lot of people that come into the town to beg."

The night cafe was officially launched this month and the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Dorothy Gunther attended the event.

The charity relies on donations and volunteer support to keep going and is currently looking for a business sponsor.