My feet took a little while to recover after being put through their paces on The Big London Night Walk for The Big Issue Foundation in March, but it was worth every step of the way! As a solo walker, it took no time at all to make friends with my fellow solitary ramblers, all terrific people, including Nigel, Suzanne and Christine.
Between hearing rousing, upbeat music from a choir; braving drunken revelers and hipsters in Shoreditch, and being serenaded by a spontaneous, rough and very touching rendition of Panis Angelicus delivered by a vendor, it was a rich and fantastic experience for all of us.
Although now I can put my sore feet up, it's hard not to stop thinking about the growing thousands still out there who can't. Homelessness in London is increasing all the time. This is unacceptable. But there is definitely hope. Just before the walk I met a young guy who introduced himself as an ex-vendor and, thanks to the support of The Big Issue Foundation, he has pulled himself out of that cycle and now has a job at a law firm that he clearly loves and has given him back his confidence. These fundraising events really DO make a difference and anything we can do as human beings to help support them can only be a good thing.
If you're deliberating about joining in the Big London Walk next time, take it from me, it's a wonderfully rewarding, very well organised event, and you'll be in very capable and supportive hands from start to finish. Wearing the right footwear, of course, is entirely up to you!