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LandAid SleepOut series raises over £465,000 to help end youth homelessness

natalie.aminoff | 14.03.22

Every penny raised will support local homeless charities in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Cambridge

LandAid’s biggest ever SleepOut in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Cambridge has raised over £465,000.

On Thursday 10 March an incredible 650 property professionals braved the cold overnight at Printworks in London, Q Park in Birmingham, Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, Cambridge University Rugby Club in Cambridge, Victoria Gate Car Park in Leeds and Depot Mayfield in Manchester, while another 150 took part virtually by sleeping outside at home. 

The funds raised will go to local charities and projects helping young homeless people such as St. Basil’s in Birmingham, East Street Mews in Bristol, YMCA Trinity Group in Cambridge, WomenCentre in Leeds and Depaul Nightstop in Manchester.

In total the LandAid SleepOut series 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. Regional supporters include TFT who kindly sponsored LandAid’s Bristol SleepOut, Prologis for Bristol, Landsec for Manchester, Henry Boot in Leeds, Morgan Sindall in Cambridge and Mansford in London.  A huge thank you to our sponsors, without whom, the series would not have been possible.

LandAid would like to say a huge thank you to all the events partners, Printworks, Ashton Gate Stadium, Cambridge University Rugby Club, Depot Mayfield, Q Park and Victoria Gate Car Park who very kindly lent the venues for the SleepOut series. 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.”

Alistair Elliott, Senior Partner and Group Chairman at Knight Frank, said: “Knight Frank is delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor the LandAid SleepOut, which we believe to be the stand-out initiative to raise awareness for youth homelessness in the UK. The SleepOuts in Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and London were all special, and we at Knight Frank are proud to have brought the property industry together for such an urgent cause. We were delighted to have over 150 participants from Knight Frank raising over £78,000.”

LandAid are still accepting donations for the 2022 SleepOut, which can be made here.