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Flood of support after Big Issue seller sets up coffee business

Support is growing for a Big Issue seller on the cusp of launching his own 'coffee trike' ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 29, 2018

Support is growing for a Big Issue seller on the cusp of launching his own 'coffee trike' business.

Jonjo Doe, who sells outside Sainsbury's on Sidney Street, is trying to turn his life around and break the stigma surrounding homelessness.

The 33-year-old has saved enough money to rent a flat and buy a trike, and is now looking to start a coffee business.

"It's going to be like a little coffee shop on wheels," says Jonjo.

Jonjo Doe says he finds it especially hard to be ignored by people on a daily basis as he tries to sell The Big Issue.

To make his dream a reality he has launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hope that people will help him raise the £10,000 he needs to get his project off the ground.

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Of the stigma he faces everyday, he said: "People think we are all drug dealers or alcoholics, I'm not. I want to move forward with my life. People say 'leave me alone' and 'Why don't you get a job?'.

"It can be demoralising when you're being ignored all the time, it can hurt your pride.

"I'm hoping the coffee business will get me back to reality a bit. The Big Issue isn't something that's made to be lived on."

Jonjo Doe hopes to set up a coffee business on the back of his trike

What you had to say

Writing in the comments section, user Toras said: "WELL DONE !! I am one of the first to knock the drop outs around Cambridge, but this person has proved he can turn his life around!! "

Anonymous123456789 seconded the congratulations.

"I wish you lots of success and I will be buying my coffee from you in the not so distant future (I hope)," she said.

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Invasiveslug also offered encouragement by praising Jonjo's business model.

"There's a market for this kind of business in Cambridge (just don't forget the soy, almond, and/or other non-dairy alternatives!), especially if you can move around to serve at events like the Science Festival, Open Farm Day at the College of West Anglia, etc," he said.

Jonjo Doe has been selling the big issues outside Sainsbury's on Sidney Street for three years (Image: Warren Gunn/Trinity Mirror)

I1N2G3Y4 added: "Good luck to JJ in his endeavours. I go out of my way to buy my Big Issue from JJ. He's always keen and chatty."

Some however, had their doubts.

"If we can all just raise a bit more money so that Jonjo doesn't have to earn it then we can be rid of him. Until he appears outside our offices selling coffee!!!" snarled shtaew.

Regardless of the feedback Jonjo has responded to all the comments, with a polite thank you.

Flood of support after Big Issue seller sets up coffee business

Support is growing for a Big Issue seller on the cusp of launching his own 'coffee trike' ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 29, 2018

Support is growing for a Big Issue seller on the cusp of launching his own 'coffee trike' business.

Jonjo Doe, who sells outside Sainsbury's on Sidney Street, is trying to turn his life around and break the stigma surrounding homelessness.

The 33-year-old has saved enough money to rent a flat and buy a trike, and is now looking to start a coffee business.

"It's going to be like a little coffee shop on wheels," says Jonjo.

Jonjo Doe says he finds it especially hard to be ignored by people on a daily basis as he tries to sell The Big Issue.

To make his dream a reality he has launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hope that people will help him raise the £10,000 he needs to get his project off the ground.

Read More

Of the stigma he faces everyday, he said: "People think we are all drug dealers or alcoholics, I'm not. I want to move forward with my life. People say 'leave me alone' and 'Why don't you get a job?'.

"It can be demoralising when you're being ignored all the time, it can hurt your pride.

"I'm hoping the coffee business will get me back to reality a bit. The Big Issue isn't something that's made to be lived on."

Jonjo Doe hopes to set up a coffee business on the back of his trike

What you had to say

Writing in the comments section, user Toras said: "WELL DONE !! I am one of the first to knock the drop outs around Cambridge, but this person has proved he can turn his life around!! "

Anonymous123456789 seconded the congratulations. (more…)

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