Big Issue Foundation

The Big Night Walk: 25th Anniversary Special!

Over 250 people took to the streets of London for The Big Night Walk, raising over £65,000 to support Big Issue vendors.

On Friday night, over 250 people took to the streets of London for The Big Night Walk, raising over £65,000 so far. In this unique 25th anniversary edition of the annual Big Night Walk, the route was extended to 25km spanning Camden, Soho, Westminster and the City to commemorate the past 25 years enabling thousands of vendors to access support for healthcare, housing, banking and to rebuild their aspirations.

To start the event, walkers heard from CEO Stephen Robertson, Service Broker Christy Isaac and popular Liverpool Street based vendor Paul Logan. Paul commented, “I was very impressed with the turnout and support of the people taking part in this year’s walk. The weather was perfect for the walk tonight and I’m glad we were able to smash the fundraising target.”

Starting at Shoreditch Town Hall, the 25km challenge featured 4 rest stops for walkers to refuel for the night with snacks kindly donated by Perkier, Tony’s Chocolonely, Lärabar, Pulsin and RXBar. This year, we’ve worked hard to reduce the environmental footprint of our events and Life generously donated canned water to prevent wasting single use plastic bottles. After up to seven hours of walking throughout the night, walkers returned to Shoreditch Town Hall to rest aching feet after a quick picture with their medal and a bite to eat provided by Pret a Manger via The Pret Foundation.

Stephen Robertson, Big Issue Foundation’s CEO, added: “This year marked our 25th birthday and so we added a few extra kilometres to celebrate. It was great to have taken part yet again. The money we raised tonight will help support a growing number of Big Issue vendors in ways that will help them escape the street and move their lives forward. Thanks to everyone who took part!”

The Big Issue Foundation were pleased to work alongside The Fair as well as an incredible team of volunteers to make the night such a success- thank you all! If you’d like to join the team next year, you can now sign up to The Big Night Walk 2021 here and help end poverty and exclusion for Big Issue vendors.

Images: Marcus Jamieson-Pond

We are also extremely grateful to each of the following companies who are supporting The Big London Night walk with donations to refresh or entertain our walkers and capture photos on the night. Our event costs would be significantly higher without their support so we are truly grateful for the contributions. 

A special thank you to PhotoMeBooth for joining us to celebrate and capturing the excitement of the London night walk with their fantastic GIF photo booth.

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