Niall Patterson will be selling The Big Issue on the streets of Edinburgh as part of INSP’s #VendorWeek Big Sell

On 5 February, I will be selling The Big Issue for one hour on the streets of Edinburgh as part of INSP’s #VendorWeek Big Sell.

Organised by Glasgow-based charity INSP (International Network of Street Papers) and The Big Issue, the #VendorWeek Big Sell aims to raise awareness of homelessness, boost Big Issue vendor morale and sales and raise funds for both INSP and Big Issue vendors.

Over 60 high-profile individuals, including celebrities, business leaders and government ministers will be involved in the event, trying their hand at selling The Big Issue on the streets of the UK. You can see a full list of everyone involved here.

The money raised will go towards INSP’s work supporting street papers around the world to start up, grow and develop so that they can provide homeless and unemployed people with a way to earn an income and improve their lives. It will also help The Big Issue to support its vendors at a particularly hard time of year.

Please consider supporting this valuable work and donate through my sponsorship page:


Abbeyfield Scotland provides homes and so much more for those in later life. Like us, The Big Issue is a charity and one that offers people who are homeless the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood. Participating in this event allows us to offer our support, take our values of care and respect on to the street and promote ourselves to opinion-formers.

We’ll be tweeting pictures and news on the day.

Thank you for your support!