Those of you who walk near the station will probably be familiar with Jake, the Big Issue seller on Station Road. Yesterday he was involved in a hit and run, and was taken to Addenbrookes. A few hours later he was discharged and back by the station selling his magazines. When I spoke to him, his clothes were covered in blood and he obviously had severe concussion - he couldn't focus, he kept falling over, he was slurring badly, and he had been vomiting earlier. He explained that he couldn't afford the time off when I suggested he go home, that with the opening of the guided busway he had lost so much custom that he was struggling to get by as it was. This is a man who works 7am-9pm, 7 days a week.
Worse still, speaking to him this morning, when he did finally get home last night he realised that his key had fallen out of his pocket when he was run over, and he couldn't get into his hostel room. So now on top of everything else he owes the council locksmith £80.
So, if you do go past the train station, please do stop by, chat to him and buy a Big Issue from Jake. Let's show the man a bit of that special Cambridge love.