Over 250 walkers joined the Big London Night Walk last week in support of Big Issue vendors.
This was one of two flagship fundraiser events organised by the Big Issue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Big Issue.
This year marked a special year as the 25km route marked 25 years of The Big Issue Foundation supporting vendors. Since its inception in 1995, the Big Issue Foundation has worked arduously to support over 1,200 vendors every year to access healthcare, housing, banking and to rebuild their aspirations.
The Foundation was able to smash their target and raised more than £80,000. These vital funds will help to support more homeless and vulnerably housed Big Issue vendors across the country.
The unique route started and finished at Shoreditch Town Hall and had four rest stops for refreshments along the way.
Paul Logan, who sells the magazine at Liverpool Street station, said:
“I was very impressed with the turnout and support of the people taking part in this year’s walk. The weather was perfect for the walk tonight and I’m glad we were able to smash the fundraising target.”
Stephen Robertson, Big Issue Foundation’s CEO, said:
“This year marked our 25th birthday and so we added a few extra kilometres to celebrate. It was great to have taken part yet again. The money we raised tonight will help support a growing number of Big Issue vendors in ways that will help them escape the street and move their lives forward. Thanks to everyone who took part!”
Register your interest to join next year’s The Big London Night Walk on Friday 5th March 2021. Visit www.bigissue.org.uk/event/big-london-night-walk