PLANNING PAIR TACKLE HOMELESSNESS IN CHARITY SLEEP OUT

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Senior Director Andy Meader and Director Nick Kirby are supporting property industry charity LandAid by taking part in Sleep Out At Home on Thursday, March 11 in a bid to prevent young people having to sleep rough, every night.

Instead of joining hundreds of volunteers as in previous years, this year, because of social distancing rules, LandAid is asking volunteers who have outside space at their home to sleep in their garden, or on their patio or balcony for the night; if they don’t have outside space, they should find the most uncomfortable place inside their home such as the bath, shower or kitchen floor.

Our Bracknell office are members of Trusted Land, a networking group for businesses involved in the property industry, and Andy and Nick have signed up to the Sleep Out team from Trusted Land. All of the money raised by Sleep Out At Home will go to fund regional projects that make a difference to the local community.

Andy Meader said: “As planning professionals, much of our work is about creating safe and comfortable places to live, so LandAid’s work supporting homeless young people really resonated with us.

“Covid-19 has badly hit the ability of many charities to fundraise, so the time seemed right to sign up and support such an important cause.”

Nick Kirby added: “I am hoping that it isn’t too cold or wet on March 11, but I know how fortunate I am not to have to face sub-zero temperatures every night. Too many young people don’t have that choice.”

The first LandAid Sleep Out was held in 2019 and saw 525 professionals from 162 property companies come together to raise valuable funds to support homeless young people. Last year, it raised more than £310,000.

Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: “I am delighted that we are taking the LandAid Sleep Out virtual, to give everyone the opportunity to brave one cold night outside to end youth homelessness. The last few months have been difficult for us all, but in particular for young homeless people, who may not even have a roof over their heads to be able to stay at home. I hope many property professionals from across the country will be sleeping out for one night with all of us to help make changes to young people’s lives which will last a lifetime.”

Please see the links to Andy or Nick’s fundraising pages if you would like to make a donation.

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