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Issue 1412 - The Big Raffle

It’s The Big Issue’s Big Raffle! Would you like a personal guitar lesson with Serge from Kasabian? Or boxing tips from Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell? Or breakfast and a chat with Lorraine Kelly?

Since March, we’ve been going all out to change – and save – The Big Issue during this crisis. We need funds to support our vendors while they can’t sell on the street, and this is where The Big Raffle comes in. Ticket sales will raise us some much-needed cash while giving you a chance to win time with one of our celebrity friends. Who else is on board as a prize? Find out inside.

Also inside this week’s magazine:

- Iconic singer-songwriter Judy Collins lived talks about meeting a poet called Leonard Cohen in 1964 in a Letter to My Younger Self
- We speak to Dame Louise Casey to find out about her plans for ending rough sleeping in the longer term
- Do tests on hamsters show that masks are effective at stopping the spread of Covid-19? And did the hamsters wear teeny-tiny masks? We burrow into the claims in our Fact/Fiction column
- Inbetweeners star Simon Bird has directed his first feature and by strange coincidence it’s all about a mother and son forced to spend more time together than they ever anticipated. He says moving behind the camera is a sure sign he’s left his youth behind him
- London vendor Jane already knew what isolation felt like before the lockdown began. But even for her this has been tough, she tells us

All this, and more, only in this week’s Big Issue!

The Big Issue

The Big Issue’s own-brand products support the creation of a range of work-based opportunities for disadvantaged people.
The Big Issue has spent over 27 years at the helm of self-help revolution. It all began with the launch of The Big Issue magazine in 1991, which was created to offer homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by selling a magazine on the streets. Since then over 200 million copies magazine have been sold by over 100,000 people. Vendors buy the magazine upfront for £1.50 and sell it on to the public for £3.00, and in doing so each runs their own micro-enterprise. In 2005 Big Issue Invest was launched, with the aim of extending The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of social enterprises and charities across the UK. To date the organisation has directly invested in over 350 such organisations, and manages or advises on more than £170 million of social funds.
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Issue 1489 - Claudia Winkleman £3.00 GBP
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Big Issue Christmas Baubles - Various Designs £8.00 GBP
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