Last Thursday, 50 property and construction companies in over 12 cities went the extra mile for LandAid Day 2015, the industry’s annual day of fundraising for disadvantaged young people in the UK.
Thousands of property professionals showed their commitment to LandAid Day by coming up with their own money-making ideas, in an attempt to collectively raise £100,000. World records were challenged, showstopping cakes were baked and feats of fundraising were accomplished.
Here are just some of the highlights:
Paragon Building Consultancy attempted to break the world record for the number of Jaffa Cakes eaten in one minute. The winner scoffed nine cakes in the time given, eight short of the world record.
Levy Real Estate's office was transformed into a budget airline for the day. Staff who boarded LevyJet were charged for virtually everything - from booking meeting rooms and making coffee, to turning up late and using the lift.
Bellenden embarked on a 40-mile Town Hall Trek, setting off in the early hours of the morning to walk around the streets that connect the 12 town halls of the Inner London councils. The avid walkers – including one who unwisely opted to wear skinny jeans – completed the trek in just over 13 hours.
Helical Bar Chief Executive Mike Slade became Buzz Lightyear as he and his colleagues pedaled the streets of Mayfair dressed as astronauts and aliens.
Carter Jonas directors were subjected to the stocks outside One Chapel Place and pelted with wet sponges.
Bilfinger GVA’s Gresham Street office was converted into a crazy golf course. Senior industry figures Alan Dornford of Capita, Colin Wilson of Cushman and Wakefield and Mark England of BNP Paribas took to the 6-hole urban green for a Senior Partner Golf Challenge hosted by CEO Rob Bould.
Knight Frank staff around the country ran relays, abseiled skyscrapers, climbed mountains and walked the Monopoly board for the company’s bi-annual Day of Giving, which this year aimed to raise £125,000 for five charities. Two teams used their negotiating powers to get as far from the office as possible with no money. Despite some clever Photoshop work, the winning team only made it as far as Sunderland, not Brussels as their photos would have you believe.
Pinsent Masons’ London office enjoyed a morning of peace and quiet as senior consultant David Taylor attempted a sponsored silence.
However you decided to celebrate LandAid Day, your fundraising efforts will make a big difference. Earlier this week, LandAid launched its latest grants programme to bring empty properties back into use for young people who are either homeless, or at severe risk of becoming homeless. Funds raised from this year’s LandAid Day will help us to award £1 million in funding to organisations working in this field. More information can be found here.
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: “That so many people, from all levels of seniority and from such a wide array of companies, took time out on LandAid Day to have fun helping raise funds to support LandAid’s work underscores both the industry’s generosity and commitment to tackling disadvantage, and the unique relationship the industry has with its own charity, LandAid.
And that effort will make a huge difference. We’re quietly confident that we’ll have beaten our fundraising target of £100,000 – enough to refurbish three empty homes for young people who’ve slept rough, and to offer training and employment for young people in construction skills to undertake the refurbishment.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and to everyone who gave a donation. You helped make LandAid Day 2015 one of the most successful ever.”
A huge thank you to everyone who did something funny, sporty or out of the ordinary for this year's LandAid Day. We'd also like to thank our media partners Estates Gazette and Property Week, our photographer Rich Harley and our videographer Rodney Lewis.