A former Big Issue vendor who slept rough on the streets of Cambridge has made national headlines after earning a “dream” place at the city’s world-famous university.
Geoff Edwards, 52, is now studying English Literature at Hughes Hall, the oldest Cambridge college for mature undergraduates. He secured his spot after acing his Access to Higher Education course at Cambridge Regional College.
“It is the first thing I am proud of in my life,” a delighted Geoff said.
His incredible story went viral this week and was reported by the BBC, Sun, Guardian and Metro, among others.
Selling The Big Issue helped and gave me back a bit of self-respect
Originally from Liverpool, Geoff left school with two O-levels and moved to Cambridge after struggling to find work as a field labourer.
He fell into homelessness some years ago and, in his darkest times, found solace in books – from Jack Kerouac to William Burroughs. “It’s a brilliant way of just escaping, really,” he said.