Magnificent seven push their limits to support vendors

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Seven dedicated supporters will be challenging themselves by taking part in the Simply Health Great Manchester Run.

Christian, Sabine, Anne-Marie, Fia, Hayley, Nicky and Deborah have all decided to put themselves through their paces to raise money to support our vendors. In the build up to the event, taking place on Sunday 19th May, we found out more about why they selected our Trust as their chosen cause:


“Big Issue North Trust is not a massive charity but it does a lot with the little money that it gets. I was talking a vendor who, with the help of The Trust, has been through college so he can work as a painter and decorator. He is about to start work, and The Trust has even helped pay for the equipment he needs. So once again, I am embarking on the Manchester 10k.”

Sponsor Christian here.


“Homelessness has become a huge problem in Greater Manchester in the past 10 years.   I find it really upsetting to walk round our beautiful city and see hundreds of people sleeping rough.  We are always told not to give money to people who are begging because it won’t solve the problem.  I am hoping that by running 10k for Big North Trust, I will be able to raise some money to help support vulnerable people, who are looking for a solution to their problems and who choose to work for a living to support themselves.  If you feel passionate about helping vulnerable people to use enterprise to help better themselves and have a couple of pounds to spare,  please consider donating to my Just Giving page.”

Sponsor Sabine here.


“I dislike running. In fact, I actually hate it. I’m aiming to raise a little bit of money for those less fortunate than myself. Taking part is one way in which I can help those who need it the most.”

Sponsor Anne-Marie here.


“I am raising money for Big Issue North Trust, which will really make a difference to Big Issue North vendors. It is part of The Big Life Group, which is the company I work for, as a teacher, in a wonderful school, and it reaches out and serves communities like no other!”

Sponsor Fia here.


“I have decided to do the 10k run not only to help people who are less fortunate than myself but also I’d like to challenge myself as I haven’t run this far before. The children at the school where I work have spoken about homelessness in Manchester and I think they would appreciate me making a contribution towards the charity that is helping the homeless people in Manchester.”

Sponsor Hayley here.

You can also sponsor Nicky and Deborah‘s on their JustGiving pages.

Funds from sponsorship will allow us to continue to support vendors to access the services they need – whether that’s permanent accommodation, access to drug or alcohol treatment, GPs, English language courses and other training.

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