Big Issue vendor thanks Northern Trust for helping him off the street

By Rachel Bishop on July 2, 2014 8:00 AM |


A Big Issue seller has thanked Northern Trust for helping to get him off the street through his Thursday "tenancy" at the Canary Wharf offices.

Ron Heap has sold more than 1,000 copies over the past six months as part of the company's commitment to support the community.

He said: "Without it I couldn't pay the bills. Northern Trust let me in and people here have been really nice and they buy the magazine on a regular basis, which helps me hugely.

"I never used to claim for my state pension. It wasn't until somebody at Northern Trust gave me advice on claiming that I applied. That has helped me get my bedsit and changed my life.

"It's chalk and cheese selling to people on the street and in here. I do a 12 hour day on the street and if I sell 20 magazines I've had a really good day. I come in here for a couple of hours and sell 50 magazines."

Ron started selling the magazine at the Bank Street office in December when he went in to spend a day there to get out of the cold.

He said: "I always make sure I wear a tie when I come in here out of respect for the people here."

Big Issue vendors buy their magazines for £1.25 and sell them at £2.50, which is aimed at helping them to develop the skills required to run a micro-business.

"We are very proud to be helping vendors like Ron," said Northern Trust's Wilson Leech. "Not only does his weekly spot support Ron in his sales, we're also supporting him to develop his employability skills and raise the profile of Big Issue vendors and the choices they make to elevate themselves out of poverty."