Homelessness is a big issue. In fact the past few years have seen the biggest rise in homelessness in decades, especially in the capital.
Nearly 100 people turn to The Big Issue each week, often at a time of extreme poverty and utter personal crisis. They’re looking for an opportunity to work for a better life.
When someone is new to rough sleeping they keep moving at night, they have to keep walking to keep safe: “It’s a survival tactic for someone on the street” – James Bowen
That’s why the Big Issue Foundation hosts an annual Big London Night Walk, it helps people to discover their city and connect to a challenge faced by people we are supporting. Walk with us as we pass iconic London sights at night, whilst learning more about homelessness and lives of Big Issue vendors in the city.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the walk, speaking to the various vendors and seeing London in a different light (well dark!). It really was a great experience.” Big Night Walk participant 2016.
Join us and you’ll see your capital in a whole new light, hear eye-opening stories from Big Issue vendors and know that you’re supporting the fight against poverty and homelessness.
Date & time
Friday 3rd March 2017. Participants will meet at St John’s Church, Waterloo, at approximately 8:30pm. There will be a short briefing and some entertainment to get you energized before we set-off around 10pm.
Distance & duration
The route is 20km route, that’s just under 13 miles, and not far off a half marathon. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided along the way at our rest stops. Your finish time will depend on how fast you walk, and how long you stop, but it’s likely to be between 2am and 5am.
Fee & fundraising
Registrations are open now until early March 2017. There is a £25 registration fee to join the walk, or just £20 per person in a group of five or more. We ask you to pledge to raise a minimum of £220 to take part. All the money raised help us extend our work onto the streets, so we can employ more people to help more and more Big Issue vendors get connected and get away from some of the things that keep them trap in homelessness.
Walk with us!
By registering via Eventbrite for The Night Walk London 2017, you agree to our T&Cs for this event.
If you’ve got any questions then please check out our FAQ section or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 526 3459.
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The Big Issue Foundation
The Big Issue Foundation’s mission as a UK charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed, is to connect vendors with the vital support and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives; 'to determine their own pathways to a better future.
The Big Issue offers people who are homeless the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood. The Big Issue Foundation, as an independent charity for people who are homeless, offers vendors the opportunity of a life. We work tirelessly alongside our vendors to help them deal with the issues that have caused their homelessness or have developed as a result of hitting the streets.