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Ambassador of the Month #2 - Alexander Barnes and Joseph Round

Tom Gellatly | 22.10.18

Last month we started a new Ambassador of the Month campaign, to further recognise the amazing work our Ambassadors are doing.

Each month we'll select one Ambassador to speak to, asking them about their time at LandAid and highlighting something exceptional they've done.

Our first Ambassador of the Month was Anna Stewart from BNP Paribas Real Estate, and we're pleased to announce our second Ambassadors of the Month are Alexander Barnes and Joseph Round, from Gerald Eve LLP, one of our Foundation Partners.

We selected Alexander and Joseph in part because of their amazing work in organising a Young Surveyor's Boat Party last month, an event which sold-out and made more than £1,200 in support of LandAid - an incredible fundraising feat.

We asked the pair some questions about their time as LandAid Ambassadors so far. Check out their answers below. 

Why did you get involved in the LandAid Ambassador programme?  

Youth homelessness is a massive problem in the UK, it’s not just those that you see on the street, but all those sofa-surfing and going through problems at home as well. The LandAid Ambassador programme gave us an opportunity to help these people in trouble and give something back. Not only are you helping to make a difference, but the Ambassador programme also gives you an opportunity to connect with your peers in other firms to collaborate on projects as well as giving you the chance to play your part in a some of the major fundraising events that LandAid facilitate.

What has been the most enjoyable thing you’ve done as an Ambassador?  

The LandAid Ambassador Awards 2018 was fantastic. Hosted at the top of the Walkie Talkie in the city, we were able to discuss ideas and catch up with other Ambassadors from other companies. The night was topped off with Sophie Walker of Gerald Eve winning the award for supporting LandAid nationally.

The Completely Group’s Proptoberfest event, now in its third year, is a brilliantly simple idea and a great event. It doesn't get much better than unlimited beer and wine, live entertainment and the ability to network informally with loads of other professionals, all while raising money for LandAid.

Why would you say other people should become LandAid Ambassadors, and what has your proudest moment as an Ambassador been?

It’s a great opportunity to do some real good and represent your organisation within the industry. You will be given the chance to put your minds to a fundraising challenge outside the scope of your normal work, which presents a chance to learn new skills and meet some of the other lovely people helping this charity.

As for our proudest moment, does winning this award count? Seriously though, running the boat party without a hitch and seeing everyone having such a great time on board was a really proud moment for us. We were able to beat Gerald Eve’s previous fundraising target from last year’s Young Surveyor’s event, and hopefully set a bar for next year’s event to beat again.

If you’d like to tell us about something you’ve done which you think qualifies you as our Ambassador of the Month, or you’d like to nominate another Ambassador you think is worthy of the accolade, then email Tom Ah-Thew and let him know.