A WIGAN woman is spearheading a campaign to help lonely people adapt to life in the capital.
When Vicki Jenkins, 33, moved to London from her home in Appley Bridge, she struggled to make friends in the big city.
She now has a great social life with many friends and has decided to help others who are not as lucky by setting up a friend-finding website for people in London.
FridayNightSucks.com allows anyone to find a friend to accompany them on a night out in London and also allows visitors to the capital to hook up with new pals who will show them the sights.
She said: “It’s easy to find yourself a bit thin on friends at different times in your life.
“Friday Night Sucks is about getting people out of the house to socialise and have fun.
“And it isn’t a dating site – it is about making new friends of either sex.”
Vicki moved to the capital to pursue a TV career after graduating at Guildford School of Acting in Surrey.
But after not being able to find much TV work, she started working for Savills Estate Agent, then went into advertising and is now a PA to a property adviser.
She said: “London can be a big lonely place if you don’t have many friends to go out with.
“In my early days I didn’t know that many people and the few friends I did have wanted to stay in with their boyfriends all the time.
“I remember feeling sad and lonely and stuck with nothing to do and nobody to go out with.”
Site users create a profile for themselves and are able to search for new friends with similar interests and invite them out.
Vicki said: “I’m so excited about Friday Night Sucks. I really do believe there is a gap in the market for a genuine friend-finding site.”