Do you have a local Big Issue seller who brightens up your morning? A hardworking vendor who is out earning a living come rain or shine who you think should be recognised more?

We want to hear stories from across the UK of what makes your vendor special and unique. We want to build a great collection that will tell the nation how important these individuals are.

There are stories about the big and small things many of our vendors do every day to improve their communities and become local heroes that Britain needs to hear about. It could be as simple as raising a smile on a grey morning commute.

Help us #celebrateyourvendor by sending us stories and pictures – ideally a pic of you and your vendor – telling us about them. Use all means: on our Facebook page, @TBIF on Twitter, or email us at foundation@bigissue.com

Lets kick off with a contribution we recently received from supporter Glen:

“Hi Big Issue team...not sure if you ever get photos sent of your vendors, but there’s a lovely chap who always says good morning at his pitch which is on the walk from Borough market past the Clink Prison on the Thames at London. We had a great chat and he let me take his picture which I thought I’d share”