While London slept on the eve of Friday 3rd March, volunteers at University of Marylebone campus kept their eyes wide open as they played host to the Big Issue Foundation’s annual Big Night Walk.
As the event began, over 300 walkers and Big Issue vendors set out from St John’s Church Waterloo to begin their gruelling 20km circuit across London, raising support for vendors throughout the UK on their journeys away from homelessness.
Along the way, walkers were met by friendly faces, refreshments and real stories of those their efforts were helping to support – including ex-vendor James Bowen and his beloved Street Cat Bob, who last year starred in a major film.
All across London, volunteers were out in force to lend a hand, and University of Westminster was no exception! In addition to hosting participants at our Marylebone campus, Westminster volunteers provided plenty of snacks and hot drinks for the thirsty walkers, while university staff assisted with security and coordination throughout the 7-hour event.
Following the Walk, the Big Issue Foundation reported an incredible £72,000 raised to support their valuable work in tackling homelessness in the UK, and expressed their thanks to Westminster volunteers for their generous support.
On 17th November, The Big Issue Foundation will host their next event: The Big London Sleep Out at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground. If you’re interested to take part in this or other events, make sure to sign up today for Volunteering Services’ e-newsletter and stay up-to-date.
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