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Make 2021 the year you do something amazing

Challenge yourself and join our fight to end poverty and homelessness for Big Issue vendors.

Whether you’re lacing up your trainers for the first time, looking for a way to stay active during lockdown or dreaming of a brand new challenge to look forward to once this all blows over, there are loads of ways you can get involved.

The current lockdown means that 1340 Big Issue vendors are once again unable to sell the magazine and earn an income. Take on a personal challenge whilst raising vital funds to ensure we can continue to provide vital support to Big Issue vendors when they need it most.

Check out some of the ways you can get involved:

Couch to 5K Challenge 

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Start your fitness journey in 2021 and join us in the Couch to 5km Challenge! We know the idea of running as a beginner can be daunting, however the Couch To 5K Challenge will help you gradually build up your fitness, stamina and confidence over 9 weeks. In need of some motivation? Join our Couch to 5K Facebook group where you can meet other runners taking on the challenge, share tips and encouragement.

Ultra Series Challenge 

There are 14 unique challenges across the UK – whether it’s along a stunning coastal scenery or on trails in the best of Britain’s countryside, you’ll have the option to take on 25km, 50km or 100km at your own pace – it’s your challenge, your way!

London Marathon – 3rd October

We have a handful of places left in the London Marathon, so if you’re looking for a spot in this iconic race and feel passionately about ending poverty and homelessness for Big Issue vendors then we’d love to hear from you.

Royal Parks Half Marathon – 10th October

Taking place on World Homeless Day, this stunning central London Half Marathon winds through four of London’s eight Royal Parks as well as taking in some of the capitals iconic, historic sites.

Three Peaks Challenge – 25th June

Take on the iconic Three Peaks Challenge in 2021. Walk 22 miles and climb 10,000 feet as you summit the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. This tough but incredibly rewarding trekking challenge will see you summit Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Mount Snowdon (1,085m) over three days.

Bath Half Marathon – 5th September

This popular, sold out half marathon boasts a flat and scenic route straddling both sides of the River Avon and threading through the heart of the stunning World Heritage city.

Whatever you choose to do we’ll be on hand with fundraising ideas and tips to support you all the way. Get in touch with the events team on events@bigissue.com if you have any questions or would like to chat about any of these events.

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Support your local vendor

Give your vendor a hand up and buy the magazine. Big Issue vendors are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. But, at the same time, they are micro-entrepreneurs. By supporting their business, you can help them overcome homelessness, financial instability and other social disadvantages that hold them back.

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