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Former Big Issue vendor’s journey from the streets to Fleet Street

 INSP 14 March 2019

Things looked bleak for Joel Hodgson when he was first forced to sleep rough in London seven years ago. But today, Joel works for one of the city’s biggest law firms on Fleet Street, and was even a torch bearer at the London 2012 Olympics. The turning point was when he walked through the door of The Big Issue, he says. Joel recounts his extraordinary journey. (1281 Words) - By Laura Smith

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Former Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson now works for one of the London's biggest law firms on Fleet Street.Credit: Simon Ellingworth

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Former Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson now works for one of the London's biggest law firms on Fleet Street.Photo courtesy of The Big Issue

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Former Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson in training for the Commonwealth Games.Photo: Tom Campbell

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Former Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson in training for the Commonwealth Games.Photo: Tom Campbell

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4. Former Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson in training for the Commonwealth Games.Photo: Tom Campbell

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Former Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson in training for the Commonwealth Games.Photo: Tom Campbell


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