Sean, A Big Issue seller from Oxfordshire is heading to London to take part in The Big Sleep Out to support his fellow Big Issue vendors across the country.
Sean is no stranger to sleeping rough and was recently housed in Chipping Norton. He plans to abandon his bed for a night to support The Big Issue Foundation and will be joining supporters to bed down in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London.
Whatever the weather on the day, this atmospheric venue will be cool, dark and different and there will be rumblings of trains above while participants sleep. Whilst this night can by no means compare to the reality of sleeping rough or living on the streets, it will challenge the comfort zone of those taking part.
Sean spoke to The Big Issue Foundation ahead of the event, which is taking place next Friday 7th August.
“I previously took part in The Big Sleep Out two years ago. I find it’s a good time to catch up with people who sell and sponsor The Big Issue. I like to meet supporters on the night and also speak to other vendors to find out their sale tips”.
The Big Issue Foundation strives to support 2,500 vendors across the country throughout the year. The money raised will be used to support homeless and vulnerably housed Big Issue sellers to overcome their current situations by providing them with bespoke support on their journey away from the streets.
You can sign up for the event here (deadline is Wednesday 5th August).