Lee and Andre, who sells the magazine around Covent Garden and Soho, were targeting a fundraising total of £3,800 before the race.
The pair have beaten the target and are closing in on £4,000 for The Big Issue Foundation (TBIF), The Big Issue’s charitable arm.
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TBIF helps vendors connect support and specialist services as well as helping vendors rebuild their lives. Andre is a prime example – the London vendor was able to secure a part-time role as an office assistant at a law firm with the charity’s help.
Big Issue vendor Lee’s experience at Sunday’s race has already inspired him to enter for next year’s race while he shrugged off his aches and pains to return to his pitch on Monday.
“I was expecting to take the morning off but I woke up at seven, did a bit of stretching and I was fine,” added Lee, who has interviewed the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Big Issue founder Lord John Bird for The Big Issue this year.
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“Next up for me is the Cambridge half-marathon in two weeks so I’ll see if I can beat my 13-mile time. I definitely want to run the London Marathon next year. I’ve already entered the ballot but it would be great to run for The Big Issue Foundation again.
“I think with a bit of training I could do sub-four hours.”
Andre and Lee’s fundraiser is still open for donations. Support them both here or Lee can be supported individually here.