THIS WEEK’S STRANGER:
Toby, from Shelter
The story behind the stranger: I was wondering through Covent Garden for work a few months back, taking photos of all the West End ad campaigns we had running at the time. It was freezing and I was picturing my scarf that I’d accidentally left on my bed that morning when I bumped into this guy. He works for Shelter, a charity that helps people who are struggling with bad housing and homelessness. He was trying to raise money for the cause but was getting blank stares and ‘heads-down-phones-out’ walk bys from the public, as charities often do. I stopped, listened to what he had to say and decided to set up a small monthly donation, both to help those struggling with homelessness and to thank Toby and everyone at Shelter for the fantastic work they do. Toby told me I was the first person that had stopped to listen to him that day and he was really grateful. His Team Leader, Will, came running over for a photo op too (yes, that’s a Santa hat). Toby, Will, you’re both wonderful people!
I set up #smilewithastranger in order to celebrate brilliant people doing brilliant things and to champion those that go unnoticed. I take photos with people I meet, ask their name and job title (if relevant) and then post the selfies on my Instagram account.