“On Friday the 25th of November I’m taking part in our Big Sleep Out. I hope to have raised £2,000 towards The Big Issue Foundation’s work with our vendors by the start of the event. Please put your money where your heart is and sponsor me if you can. Thank you”
Stephen Robertson, Big Issue Foundation Chief Executive, will be joining a selection of Big Issue vendors and supporters to take part in the Big London Sleep Out. The event, which has just SOLD OUT, is not a full on ‘homeless experience’ and the night in no way will compare to the reality of sleeping rough or living on the streets but it is a night where people will come together to show support and learn a little about the realities faced by many of our vendors (especially in their first few weeks of selling).
Speaking on the panel discussion last year, he said:
“Homelessness is on the increase and we are seeing more people who are sleeping on the streets, in cars and in tents in parks; finding a safe haven for a night’s sleep is not easy. Our front-line services team establish routes away from rough sleeping as one of our very first priorities. Everyone who is homeless is a person first and foremost.”
Stephen will be joining over 100 brave Big Issue Foundation supporters (and vendors) huddling down to sleep in this safe but uncomfortable space, following an evening of discussion, performances and film screenings. The evening aims to give interested supporters a better understanding of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness, while raising funds to support Big Is sue vendors to take control over their own lives.
All funds raised will go towards supporting our work with people who are experiencing extreme social and financial exclusion; people who chose to start their own businesses at times of often unimaginable crisis, people first one and all.