Andy and Carol Leslie have cycled an incredible 1,128 miles between them to support Big Issue vendors! They decided to virtually cycle the distance between their home in West Sussex to Stonehaven and back again after their school reunion dinner was cancelled due to lockdown.
Andy says ‘I was due to have a reunion with some friends at a fantastic restaurant called the Tolbooth in my home town of Stonehaven in north east Scotland on 18th April. When lockdown was announced, that was just over three weeks away so we decided to use our daily hour of exercise (supplemented by time on our exercise bike if required) to complete the distance of 564 miles from our home in West Sussex to raise money for the Big Issue Foundation. On the day the event was due to take place, 17 of us who were due to be there had a Zoom call for an hour to have a quick catch up. The support from people has been fantastic’
Determined to make the most of the extra time they had during lockdown the couple were motivated to take on this challenge after learning that Big Issue vendors were no longer able to sell on the streets and lost their source of income overnight.
‘While the vendors were unable to sell the magazine, as well as taking out a three month subscription, we were keen to do something else as it is clear that right now our most vulnerable fellow citizens need support more than ever.’
The Postponed Reunion cycle has now raised an amazing £2440 which will help us to ensure that Big Issue vendors can access the support that they need during such an uncertain time.
We are blown away by the creativity and dedication of supporters like Andy and Carol to help vendors during this difficult time. Are you inspired to take on a virtual challenge? Check out some of our ideas here or get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about it.