Lockdown was particularly difficult for Brighton vendor Pamela Clark, who spent the 15 weeks away from her job selling the magazine cooped up in a one-room flat beset with problems.
So July 6 brought with it not just joy at a return to her Blackington Road Co-op pitch, she and Hove vendor partner Paul Clarkson are also celebrating a move into a new private-rented flat.
The basement lockdown residence that the couple had shared took its toll on them mentally and physically. They had to live with a blocked toilet and no television reception that made it difficult to fill the long lockdown days.
It’s really nice to see our regulars and now that we’re back out word is starting to spread
As well as supporting the pair with food vouchers and cash during their long spell off the streets, The Big Issue also stepped in to buy them a laptop which kept them entertained and allowed Pamela to create a lockdown diary that boosted her mental wellbeing.
And Pamela couldn’t be happier that they are now getting the chance of a “new start”.
She told The Big Issue: “It’s a real new start for us. Totally, it’s been really crazy.