- The organisation has launched a Christmas Appeal called ‘The Big Wish’ to support its network of 1,300 vendors across the UK
Today (Monday, 8th November) Lord John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, has called for public support for the 1,300 vendors across the UK who are facing high streets with reduced footfall due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
The Big Issue, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people a means by which to earn a legitimate income, has launched its Christmas campaign, ‘The Big Wish’ to highlight the challenging circumstances magazine vendors are facing at what should be their busiest time of year.
Lord John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, said: “Our Big Issue vendors used to thrive in Winter but with much quieter high-streets, they’re now struggling to get by, more than ever before.
“We all have Christmas wishes and our vendors are no exception. Our vendors are working hard this Christmas to achieve their Christmas wishes by selling The Big Issue. Whether it’s saving to take their son out for the day or a train ticket home to see their family.
“With your support, you can help us be here for our vendors this Christmas. That’s because every time you buy a copy of The Big Issue, subscribe or donate, you are helping our vendors to work their way out of poverty by providing ‘a hand up not a hand out. You’re helping Big Issue vendors achieve their Big Wish.”
Clive, a Big Issue vendor, who sells in Plymouth, said: “I would like me and my dog to come up to travel up to London to visit an old friend of mine I haven’t seen for 11 years.”