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In 2007, James Bowen, a recovering heroin addict, found an injured cat curled up on a step when he himself was living in sheltered accommodation. James nursed the cat back to health, only to find the cat followed him everywhere he went, even on the bus to the great amusement of fellow travellers. Bob would sit quietly on James’ shoulder or on the ground while he was selling The Big Issue in London.

James’ inspiring story of how this unlikely friendship helped him get over his addictions to heroin and methadone is recounted in his book A Street Cat Named Bob. With this book James has joined an elite club of writers with more than 3 million copies sold, and the book has been translated into 31 languages.

“One of the best things in my life now is that I can help people (and animals) who are still voiceless and invisible to be heard and seen. It makes me proud that the book has opened people’s eyes to how The Big Issue works! That selling The Big Issue is an actual job! The work that The Big Issue Foundation does in supporting Big Issue vendors is so vital.”

One-off donation
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Health

Health

Access to health care including dentistry, eye care, foot care, immunizations, sexual health care, registering with a GP and accessing substance misuse treatment.


£9

Could fund a flu vaccine.

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£80

Could support a Big Issue vendor getting their smile back by getting new teeth.

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Financial

Financial

Help gaining ID, opening a bank/credit union account and accessing financial products with a focus on developing a savings culture.


£65

Could contribute to a vendor's saving towards a tool kit for his new business.

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£77.50

Could provide a passport for a vendor to use as ID to open a bank account.

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Housing

Housing

Support to end rough sleeping and access to temporary and permanent housing.


£150

Could pay for a Big Issue support worker to help with housing applications.

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£100

Could pay for a starter pack, with basic furniture + equipment for a new home.

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Aspirations

Aspirations

Access to training and employment opportunities, support re-establishing family networks and opportunities to take up hobbies and interests.


£17.99

Could get a vendor trainers to help him get fit before joining the Army.

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£50.40

Could buy a vendor new suit and shoes for a job interview.

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By Phone Or Post
You can call 020 7526 3455 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, text TBIF14 £10 to 70070 or download a postal donation form to donate to our charity today.

Payroll giving
You can 'Give As You Earn' via payroll giving, one of the most tax effective ways to donate to charity. Find out more about the benefits of payroll giving.

These are just three ways that you can donate to The Big Issue Foundation, you can find out more about the various ways via the links to the left.

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