The Big Issue Birmingham Team Remember Wayne and Ian.
Ian Watson-Gladwish was a very special person, a mild-mannered man, who was very much liked by both vendors and staff in the office alike. He always wanted to make people laugh, and had an enormous grin which he flashed every time he came in to the office.
He always wanted to know how you were: whatever problems he was dealing with himself, he always wanted to find out how things were going for you. He had a lovely manner with his customers, and was always polite, courteous and friendly.
Ian embraced selling the magazine at Christmas by wearing a Santa hat and singing Jingle Bells at the top of his voice to anyone walking past, changing the words to suit his sales patter. He was a kind man, who would always put himself out to help someone, and to give help to new vendors.
Ian spoke regularly about his enormous love for his wife, children and sister, who he would do anything for, and cared very deeply for. He made friends easily and was someone vendors turned to with their problems, even if they hadn't known him long. I do feel very privileged to have known Ian, and he will be very much missed.
Wayne Busst very special person; he was always a quiet and inconspicuous individual I spent a lot of time working with him to support him through his time at The Big Issue and throughout this time Wayne without failure would always mention his family and how much they meant to him, specifically his mom who he always referred to as his best friend. He would also talk about his family with a smile on his face; they kept him going through the tough times.
Wayne also had a lot of thoughts and plans that he loved to share; usually big and happy memories of being with his family and then honest and worthy plans for his future that he wished for. He aspired to be a good person and although I am sad he did not realise this reality, I always thought of him as a good person.
Wayne was capable without any secret motive to make friends easily; this came from his likeable nature – a lot of people spent a lot of time with him. Although Wayne was homeless he had a lot of other non-material things to offer.
He sold The Big Issue and had his own worries and difficulties but he always maintained a kind and considerate individuality, capable of seeing things from other people's perspectives in such a naturally altruistic way. Wayne will be missed by all that knew him, we will always think of him and we are greatly sorry that this has happened.
By Big Issue Foundation staff – Tom Belte & Susannah Wilson