We at the Ethical Property Company are raising money for Garry Buchan in the hopes we find Garry somewhere safe to call home.
Garry became homeless following a family breakdown and has worked for the Big Issue since 1998, he loves that his life as a Big Issue vendor sees him meeting different people from all walks of life.
Garry has an enormous heart and alongside vending, he has raised lots of money for the Big Issue Foundation with the aim of helping vendors forge a better future in the same way he has and to raise awareness for homelessness. As part of his charity work he even walked from Lands End to John O'Groats averaging 26-30 miles per day!
In 2018 Garry gained local recognition after he put his own safety at risk to help the victim of a car crash near his pitch in Bristol - he used his rucksack to support the victims neck and kept her still to prevent further injury until the Emergency Services arrived. This act of kindness is just testament to the truly selfless and caring person Garry is.
For the past 6 months Garry has been vending at Green Park Station in Bath whilst living in a tent by the river. After years of travelling he has finally found a real sense of community at Green Park and has become part of the family.
Why do we need your help?
On the 28th of November 2020, whilst sleeping rough Garry was robbed and severely injured during a brutal, unprovoked attack by a gang of youths. The senseless attack left Garry unconscious for over 30 minutes, he has suffered a fractured cheek bone and a badly broken foot requiring surgery to place a metal plate, as well as severe bruising and contusions to his face and body.
Selling The Big Issue is Garry's only source of income and the damage to his foot will mean he cannot stand and therefore leave him unable to vend and subsequently without income for a considerable amount of time. We are looking to raise £4,000 to provide Garry with a source of income and most importantly aide his recovery by providing him with somewhere safe to recuperate following the violent attack.
Anything you can contribute to help provide Garry somewhere safe and warm he can call home and recover from his shocking injuries would be greatly appreciated.