After seeing the challenges faced by Big Issue vendors during lockdown, our events manager Laura and her partner took on a coast to coast cycle challenge to raise money to support!
What inspired you to do a cycling challenge?
Like many people during the lockdown I turned to my bike as a way to get out of the house, explore the local area and keep fit. Whilst summer plans had been cancelled and we weren’t able to socialise in the normal way, bike rides in and around London became a way to have a mini adventure at the weekend. I’ve always wanted to do a cycling challenge in the UK and so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore part of the country I’ve never been to!
During lockdown I was so inspired by how many Big Issue Foundation supporters organised weird and wonderful challenges to support Big Issue vendors. This definitely motivated us to get out of our comfort zone and organise our own challenge.
Why did you choose The Big Issue Foundation? (Apart from the fact you work here!)
I am constantly inspired by the work of The Big Issue Foundation and how incredibly hard the frontline teams have worked and adapted during the pandemic. During lockdown, whilst Big Issue vendors were unable to sell the magazine for 15 weeks, the frontline team were able to support 1,600 vendors nationwide to ensure they had vital support on tenancies, mental health, domestic violence and accessing food banks, as well as distributing £600,000 in the form of supermarket vouchers and hardship payments to provide emergency relief.