Behind the scenes

Stepping up for homelessness at The London Walk

Together aiming to raise funds to fight against homelessness and support those currently experiencing it.

Together aiming to raise funds to fight against homelessness and support those currently experiencing it.

On the evening of Friday 10th March 2023, we are once again taking part in the London Walk, organised by our friends the London Homeless Collective. This walk brings charities working in homelessness in the city together to walk as one.

What is The London Walk?

Its the coming together of more than 25 charities that help people experiencing homelessness to walk through London at night. Walking through the night offers an opportunity for reflection on the experience of people who are homeless.

Between April 2021 and March 2022, 8,329 people were seen sleeping rough in London, a decrease from the year before. However, as the cost-of-living crisis manifests, there will be an increase of rough sleepers as well as other forms of homelessness and poverty. This year, we walk to support those most impacted by the soaring costs.

The walk starts from the Café in the Crypt under St Martin’s Church.and there will be pre-event entertainment and activities planned by the London Homeless Collective. There will be a reception for people at the end of the walk and space for them to rest and recover.

Not only can you expect a fun night, but you will also receive an item of clothing to be worn on the night (TBA) and a medal upon completion!

Last year, 300 of us walked through London and collectively raised £100,000 across the sector. This year we aim to make more noise and raise more money to end homelessness in the City. The London Homeless Collective is hoping to raise £250,000 to support some much-needed services over one night.

There will be three routes available – a 10K, half marathon and marathon through Central London – meaning there’s a route for everyone.  

What is the London Homeless Collective?

The London Homeless Collective is a movement of more than 25 charities that help people experiencing homelessness in London.

The London Homeless Collective share ideas, experience, and opportunities. Together we work to ensure that nobody is left behind. Together we fundraise for the greater good, because together we are stronger.

The London Walk and the London Homeless Collective brings us all together with one aim – to fight homelessness in our capital.

Big Issue Foundation are really excited to be taking part in the London Walk and we look forward to seeing our amazing supporters stepping up for homelessness!

Register here and if you have any questions, pop us an email at events@bigissue.com

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