A decade of support from Leicester volunteer


March 4, 2020

A casual encounter with a Big Issue seller launched a 10 year commitment to support Veterans Aid. 

Julie was on her way to work when she turned a corner in Leicester and saw a man standing there selling The Big Issue. The man was someone she would often stop to have a conversation with. On that day, she also decided to buy a copy of the magazine. It contained an article about Veterans Aid.

This was the first time Julie had heard of the charity’s work in preventing homelessness among the veterans, but it convinced her to start fundraising for us. Standing there on that pavement corner in 2011, she had no idea that she would continue to do so for the next ten years.

Julie is still fundraising for us today. Over the years, she has organised many events including a book sale, a car boot sale and a rummage sale. When she was working at a local college, she would get the students involved in helping and today she still places collection tins there. Looking to the future, Julie hopes to ‘carry on collecting for such a good cause.’

She added:

‘Service men and women shouldn’t end up on the streets when they are willing to give up their lives for us and make our country a safer place to live. I like collecting for VA because it is a small charity with a big heart, and I always get a thank you letter whenever I have sent any money. It is always nice to be told what the money has been used for.

CEO of Veterans Aid, Dr Hugh Milroy, admires the longevity of Julie’s commitment to Veterans Aid. He said:

‘It’s wonderful to have supporters like Julie. In her own significant way, she has become a key part of our support network for former servicemen and women who are facing crisis.’