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“Hero” Big Issue vendor shares incredible story of survival

This story was first published on The Big Issue website on 11 June 2020.

Jane Burns Photo: The Big Issue

Wimbledon Big Issue vendor Jane Burns has shared her incredible story of resilience and survival with The Big Miss You Podcast.


The victim of a horrific road accident back in the 1980s – which means that she now gets around in a wheelchair – Jane has battled her injuries, as well as anorexia, depression, domestic abuse and addiction. She has found support through The Big Issue and her dog Cassie.


Her customers call her a hero.


“There was something that kept me alive,” Jane told the podcast. “I’m too goddamn strong, I think. I’ve just got this life energy in me.”


Jane’s regular customer, retired teacher Jane Blackmore, said that she enjoys her conversations with Jane. She has been missing Jane, and wanted to pass on her best wishes.


“I think of her quite a lot, and hope that she can keep her spirits up. I admire her so much. She’s one of my heroes,” Blackmore added.


You can hear Jane’s story in the newest edition of The Big Miss You Podcast, out now.


Whilst the coronavirus crisis makes it impossible for The Big Issue to be sold on the street, The Big Miss You Podcast is a weekly opportunity for vendors and their customers to exchange messages.


It’s a celebration of the thousands of friendships that have been inspired by The Big Issue.

You can listen to this and all previous episodes on Apple, Spotify, Acast, Google, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please subscribe to stay up to date with the latest episodes.


If you would like to send a message to your vendor through The Big Miss You Podcast, please do get in touch.

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