Big Issue Foundation

Our Feline Fundraiser – In Memory of Street Cat Bob

Everyone at The Big Issue Foundation is deeply saddened to hear that our favourite feline Bob has died. Our thoughts are with James Bowen and all of Bob’s fans across the globe.

James first met Bob in 2007 when he found him on the street abandoned and injured. James took care of Bob which gave him a reason to get up each morning. They quickly became an inseparable pair. Bob always joined James when he was busking and selling The Big Issue on the streets of London.

Their story was inspirational and led to a series of books as well as a film, with a sequel due out later this year.

Bob was thought to be at least 14 years old.

We know Bob will be deeply missed by so many but none more than his best friend James.

“Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that. He gave me so much more than companionship. With him at my side, I found a direction and purpose that I’d been missing.

“The success we achieved together through our books and films was miraculous. He’s met thousands of people, touched millions of lives. There’s never been a cat like him. And never will again. I feel like the light has gone out in my life. I will never forget him.”

James and Bob were frequent advocates for The Big Issue Foundation and were seen at many events across the years. Their story has inspired so many people to support Big Issue vendors. Since 2014, over £45,000 donations have been attributed to the inspirational pair.

Around half of these funds have been raised by “Team Bobites”. The Bobites are a close-knit global group of people brought together by their love for James and Bob. They have regularly supported us at events such as The Big London Night Walk, The London Marathon and most recently as part of the 2.6 Challenge. The Bobites not only fundraise but also volunteer their time and are advocates for the charity online. It is wonderful to see how Bob was able to bring people together and inspire such kindness.

The Big Issue are creating a special edition of the magazine to commemorate Bob. If you have memories you’d like to share please email editorial@bigissue.com

RIP Bob ?

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