LandAid’s biggest ever SleepOut in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Cambridge has raised over £465,000.
On Thursday 10 March dozens of property professionals braved the cold overnight at the Cambridge University Rugby Club and raised £15,289 for young homeless people in the city.
The funds raised will go towards funding the YMCA Trinity Group, who work with individuals and families to build better futures through an extensive range of programmes and interventions.
In total across the country an incredible 650 people slept outside, while another 150 took part virtually by sleeping outside at home as part of the LandAid SleepOut series, which saw 817 professionals from over 120 property companies come together to raise valuable funds to support homeless young people in each city.
The LandAid SleepOut has been supported by headline sponsors Knight Frank, alongside regional sponsor Morgan Sindall in Cambridge. The event also received over 1,000 cardboard boxes from Crown Workspace, Hunter Ops and The Luxury Printing Company for providing the signage for the SleepOuts and Yorkshire Tea for providing the tea.
Paul Morrish, LandAid’s Chief Executive, said: “A big thank you to everyone who braved the freezing cold and slept out during the biggest LandAid SleepOut ever. An incredible amount has been raised by professionals across the property industry. Every penny raised will go towards LandAid’s mission to end youth homelessness.
“The support we have received at every venue across the country in Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and London has been truly inspiring. While the experience gives everyone a very good idea of how tough sleeping outside is, one night outside does not replicate the true reality of rough sleeping that faces thousands of young people all over the country. With the efforts of hundreds across the property industry, we have raised enough funds to be able to make a real difference to those who are young and homeless, by providing safe and secure accommodation.”
Nicholas Bewes, regional Chair of LandAid in the Eastern Region “We are so grateful to all those that supported the Cambridge SleepOut. Thanks not only those that braved the elements overnight, but those who sponsored us, coordinated the events locally and of course Cambridge University Rugby Club who kindly allowed us to use their ground for the event. The funds raised will directly improve the lives and prospects of young people within our community.”
LandAid are still accepting donations for the 2022 SleepOut, which can be made at https://join.landaid.org/event/sleepout/donate-fundraiser.