Prince William shared a special memory with his mother, Princess Diana, for a special edition Big problem, out now.
The edition celebrates 40th birthday of Prince William today.
He writes in the magazine about his first experience when he visited a homeless shelter with his mother when he was only 11 years old, and about the impact it had on his life.
“I was 11 years old when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her unique style was determined to shed light on a neglected, misunderstood problem,” the royal member writes.
He continues: “In the 30 years or so since then, I have seen countless projects in this area grow from strength to strength, including charities of which I have had the honor of sponsoring. New initiatives have been launched up and down across the country – some have worked, some are not Big problemperhaps now the most recognizable of these organizations, it has undeniably had an impact. “
On the eve of his 40th birthday, the Duke of Cambridge joined magazine magazine salesman Dave Martin, 60, to sell the publication, sharing his experience on social media.
He writes, “I wanted to experience the other side and see what it was like to be Big Issue seller. My time really opened my eyes. I have always believed that I use my platform to help tell these stories and draw attention and action to those who are struggling.
“I plan to do it now that I am 40 years old, even more than I had in the past,” he continues. “So, for my part, I pledge to continue to do everything I can to shed light on this solvable issue not only today, but in the months and years to come.”
Big problem is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and creating work opportunities for people facing homelessness. It operates in several countries including the UK and Australia.
Just days after the Queen’s platinum jubilee, HRH Duke of Cambridge sold the magazine to Rochester Row, near Victoria in London with Martin. Together, they sold 32 copies that afternoon.
They then visited The Passage, a charity for the homeless nearby that supports people who are homeless on the street or at risk from the homeless, whose duke became a patron in 2019.
“I was 11 years old when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her unique style was determined to shed light on a neglected, misunderstood problem.”
Princess Diana has brought her young sons to The Passage to give them an insight into the challenges people on the margins face.
The Duke and Dave then talked about it with each other Big Issue sales experience, homelessness, how the Jubilee brought the country together and much more.
The conversation is available for reading Big problem shop and Web page.
When the Duke asked Dave what Big problem did for him, he said, “It took me off the street. It gave me respect. I was praying at the time. Another salesman said I could do something much better and took me to the Big Issue office.”
The Duke added: “People who are homeless cannot renew their lives without a number of things. And one of those things is respect and self-esteem. And that is what The Big Issue gives you, along with a way to earn an income.”
Lord John Bird, founder Big problemhe said: “I met Prince William and told him I was homeless myself and got out of grief by being imprisoned and then continuing to start The Big Issue. We must do everything we can to bring millions of people to the UK forever out of poverty.We need a greater emphasis on prevention and treatment, not just all the support and effort invested in an ambulance.
“The scale of interest in William selling the Big Edition has been huge. And that puts our suppliers and their top-notch work back in the public eye. Anyone can sell Big Number, even a prince!”
Mick Clarke, CEO of The Passage, said: “We were thrilled to host our royal patron, HRH Duke of Cambridge, for this special interview with Dave and The Big Issue. The Duke has visited The Passage on many occasions over the years to meet our clients and raise awareness and support of people affected by homelessness .. We are especially pleased to welcome Dave as a former Passage client and are very proud to see him progress in life.
“As Duke mentions in an interview, the ‘Everyone In’ program has shown that when society works together, we can really make progress towards ending street homelessness – which simply should not exist at 21.st century Britain. The Passage stands by The Duke, The Big Issue and many others working hard to end homelessness. “
This special edition from Big problem the magazine is out now.
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