Archbishop of Canterbury becomes Cambridge Big Issue seller for the day
The Archbishop of Canterbury has taken to the streets of Cambridge for a taste of life as a big trouble seller.
Justin Welby donned a baseball cap and spent time trying to persuade the public to buy him a magazine.
The Archbishop was selling alongside local vendor Lee Welham on his land outside the Cambridge Round Church.
The top Church of England leader has been in Cambridge for six weeks on study leave and the couple forged a friendship around that time.
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The charming enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of the salesman Lee made him a great success in his field, making him a tour guide and tourist attraction of the city.
And his cheerful demeanor and positive attitude did not escape the Archbishop.
The 37-year-old seller is no stranger to dealing with other sellers in his coordinating role across Cambridgeshire and he has taken Welby under his wing on his land as he traded his dresses for a Big Issue tabard to spend 40 minutes in Lee’s place. .
It was a rewarding experience as the head of the church sold five magazines, even wearing a face mask to keep his identity hidden.
Speaking from the experience, the Archbishop said: “The big problem is changing lives and changing society. Every time you stop to chat with a salesperson and buy a copy of the magazine, you are part of that change.
“I’m extremely grateful to have had the chance to work with Lee and get a taste of what it’s like to sell the Big Issue. When we look at the life and ministry of Jesus – who said that he had no place to lay his head – it is clear that homelessness is a problem that matters deeply to God, and that fighting poverty together is the essential work of a society where each person is truly valued.
Lee Welham said, “This community is so wonderful. It was great to show the Archbishop that everyone is treating the vendors well here. I have built a great community. Each of these people here comes to greet me every morning.
Chris Falchi-Stead, Director of Sales and Operations at The Big Issue, said: “The selling experience was a great opportunity to show the Archbishop, on a small scale, what the day-to-day life of selling looks like. magazine in the streets. ”
“Lee is a fantastic ambassador for The Big Issue, showing the Archbishop the ropes, providing sales advice and sharing his experiences.”
Lee also took the Archbishop for a punting on the River Cam with a picnic lunch, provided by the local cafe, Le Patissier.
Read the Archbishop’s full interview with Lee on Religion, Hope, and Homelessness on BigIssue.com or in your local Big Issue seller’s magazine.