The Big London Night Walk: Join the Big Issue's capital trek
If you’re itching to see London in a whole new light while learning more about the work of the Big Issue, this week is your chance.
This Friday (Sept 28), the Big Issue Foundation will host its annual Big London Night Walk. Beginning at 11.30pm, the 20km route will snake through iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, The British Museum,Downing Street and The Houses of Parliament.
The walk, now in its fourth year, is also an opportunity to take in stops with a historical connection to the homeless, whilst hearing Big Issue vendors' stories first hand.
Big Issue Founder John Bird said: “Many’s the time as a young rough sleeper that I walked through the night. It was dreadful. But now there is an opportunity to turn night walking into something special.
“The Big Issue Foundation Night Walk is a great way of remembering the wanderings of others, but in an upbeat and positive way.”
Against the backdrop of the current economic crisis, almost 100 people per week are turning to the Big Issue for help. Many are experiencing their own personal crisis and want to earn a legitimate income to help themselves in their move away from the streets.
Last year, The Big London Night Walk saw more than 600 people take to the streets in support of the Big Issue. A total of 15,000km was walked and more than £110,000 was raised. This year organisers hope to exceed this number.
Stephen Robertson, Chief executive of the Big Issue Foundation, said: “For many of our vendors, the streets are a lonely place, but taking part in something is being part of something. By joining us you will be making a difference, showing your support and doing something to make a practical difference.”
If you would like to take part in the Big London Night Walk, please visit www.bigissue.org.uk/event/big-london-night-walk All you need is a £20 registration fee, £100 in sponsorship, a sturdy pair of shoes and a smile to carry you through.