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I organised a race across London for my first LandAid Day

Scarlett Knights | 18.12.18

Since I became a LandAid Ambassador in October, the LandAid team have made me feel really welcome.

They've given me a great understanding of the ways in which both the charity and Ambassador can help to combat and eradicate youth homelessness. One way which particularly interested me, was organising a fundraising event for LandAid Day.

I work for Goldcrest Land. We're a small but enthusiastic team, with a huge amount of energy, and I knew the guys would immediately get on board with any fundraising events or ideas. After some initial disappointment at having missed the chance to compete at Construction Rocks (bring on 2019), LandAid Day was earmarked as our first venture.

As a team we were conscious that we had two objectives for our event; we wanted to raise both funds and awareness for LandAid by doing something a little bit different. Not surprisingly, as a competitive group of people we settled on the idea of a race across London from our offices in Fulham SW6 to Steve Edge Design in Hoxton N1.

In true ‘Top Gear’ style we decided to test ours and our fellow Londoners’ most frequently used modes of transport – car, cycle and the tube, a question that was hotly debated in the office on a weekly basis.

Having set up our JustGiving page we were all set to go on 1 November. To top it off, a very smart electric BMW i8 was donated for the race, which unsurprisingly resulted in our head of HR immediately nominating herself to take on the role as lead driver.

Despite the BMW’s doubtless style, the humble bike came in first place having whizzed down Embankment and up through St Paul's before the car even reached the Thames.

By the end of the day the question of bike, tube or car was answered, and we had managed to well exceed our initial £1,000 fundraising target for LandAid.

We are absolutely thrilled to have contributed to such a fantastic day and look forward to doing something even more different next year.