Three months ago we shared Mick’s story (below), a Big Issue seller from Birmingham. Mick was on a journey to find peace with his past and an opportunity to look to the future. The Big Issue Foundation supported Mick to get a passport so that he could be reunited with his Mum in Tenerife after 27 years apart. We are so happy to report that three weeks ago, Mick, along with his brother and sister, travelled to Spain and reconnected with his family. This trip allowed Mick to finally bring peace to a part of his life and end a lifetime of questions.
Susannah, Service Broker in Birmingham, recalls the moments leading up to his holiday: “The countdown to the holiday is now at 9 days! He couldn’t believe it was 1st June on Monday, that it was June already. He is getting himself organised, he has already saved money in his bank account for his trip, as he wants to be able to buy a round of drinks for the family, and contribute to day trips they’re planning. Mick really looks like any weight he was carrying on his shoulders in the past has very much lifted. He kisses the picture of his mum on his ‘phone (which his sister saved as his screensaver for him) every morning and every night when he goes to bed. However, Mick doesn’t want her number as he wants the first time they speak to be face-to-face”.
It has taken eleven months of planning with the support and interventions by The Big Issue Foundation, social services, and Mick’s family, to enable Mick to come this far. During this time, he has managed to redevelop his home into a place which is now safe, clean and healthy for his well-being. Mick has also improved his financial management in the process, saving for this holiday through his Big Issue earnings. Now after reconnecting with his mother, Mick has made a huge step forward by improving his social networks with his family.
The first thing Mick wants to say is: “I want to thank the Big Issue so much, and Emma the police officer who signed my passport form.”
He continues: “This wasn’t a holiday, it was a pilgrimage. I now feel at peace, knowing that I’ve now got a family. I’m part of a family now, which I haven’t been for 52 years. This was a massive gathering of family I never knew I had. There was so much love and so many tears, tears of joy that brought us back together. We have all made a pact that we’ll never be torn apart again. We decided we are going to aim for meeting up on the same date next year, maybe even for Christmas if we can.”