Bristol residents came together to raise funds for the funeral of a “gentle” Big Issue vendor, who died on Christmas Eve.
Dean Telfer used to sell the Big Issue outside the Co-op Food on Gloucester Road and was a well-known “staple” within the community for several years.
In the days after his death, Big Issue paid tribute to Dean saying he would be missed by staff, volunteers and customers alike.
Many people across Bristol reacted to the shock news with sadness and decided to raise funds to give Dean a proper send-off.
To raise money for the funeral, held on February 4, more than £6,000 was donated through an online JustGiving page set up by friend Doug Reid.
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He previously said: “The people of St Andrew’s have come together to help raise money for someone who was a huge part of the community.
“Dean used to speak to everyone, he would always ask how you were and what you were doing and up to that day.
“He was a linchpin of the community, it will be hard to replace him, he’s been there for 22 years.”
Hundreds of people donated to the campaign, with several commenting on the impact Dean made during his time in Gloucester Road.
Tasha Park commented: “Such a cheerful and friendly person despite his illness and no doubt many other hardships.
“Quite a one off. I only met Dean a handful of times but he deserves a great send off.”
Kate Hannay added: “What a worthy thing to do. Helps keep the faith in human goodness.”
The La Ruca Café, located on Gloucester Road, also hosted a collection for Dean last month.
Patricia Alvarez from the café said: “It was a beautiful funeral.
“So many people there and even the person who did the service was in touch with the people’s messages.
“We raised a lot of money – everyone has been so supportive.”