Thursday was another brilliant LandAid Day – and I hope, my first of many here at LandAid. The rest of the team and I spent the day running around the UK getting involved with what you were all up to. But more importantly, we hope, saying a big thank you for all of your amazing efforts. It was fantastic to see so many people getting creative for us!
We all had a long day, culminating for me by being a judge at Construction Rocks, but all your efforts were worth it. We’re well on our way to raising a staggering £100,0000. All of which will go towards projects which provide homes for young people who are homeless. So thank you!
Some of the highlights are the day included:
- Frogmore, British Land, Paragon, TowerEight and Malcolm Hollis embraced the theme with record-breaking challenges. We saw Frogmore’s Chief Executive Jo Allen assisting our Chief Executive Paul Morrish to see how many marshmallows he could fit into his mouth. Paragon attempted to break the world record attempt to see how quickly you can pop three balloons and British Land put on a whole host of record-breaking challenges.
- Knight Frank really pushed the boat out at their Day of Giving. They had bake sales, smoothie-making, a raffle, busking, a tour de Knight Frank, and so much more.
- The Money Maker Challenge organised by Emma Murray from Palmer Capital kicked off for the second year in a row. Six teams took part with the amazing James Goode from Angle Property triumphing by raising £5,450. He took on the personal challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, an epic challenge seeing him cycle 949.4 miles (36 marathons) and climb 52,000 ft (1.8x Mt Everest). The challenge raised over £12,000 in total.
- WilkinsonEyre organised an ‘Archi-Quest’ which saw ten teams embark on an architectural treasure hunt around London, using their cultural knowledge to decipher a series of clues and riddles.
- In Manchester, LandAid Ambassadors worked together to organise the Manchester Property Quiz, now in its second year. The quiz saw over 100 property professionals from across Manchester coming together to get competitive for LandAid.
- Broadgate Estates, LaSalle Investment Management, SEGRO, Redwood Consulting and Gerald Eve all got sporty. Broadgate Estates invited players to shoot some hoops on the highest basketball court in Europe. LaSalle Investment Management brought the industry together again for the third annual Ambassador’s Cup with dodgeball, netball and football tournaments. SEGRO put on five-a-side football and putting competitions. Redwood Consulting rolled back the years with an old school themed sports day.
- RISE’s Property Yoga Club got over 30 property professionals zen at a yoga class with a 360˚ view of London on the 26th floor of Bishopsgate.
- Pinsent Masons got musical with sponsored duets and group singing, including male vs female renditions of ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Summer Nights’!
Steph, Emma, Caroline and I had a great time on Thursday evening at the second night of Construction Rocks, the annual battle of the bands for the Construction Industry and also the 10th anniversary of the event. Hosted in Scala again this year, I got the chance to join the judging panel. I’d spent the weeks before channelling X-Factor, but despite this was frankly terrified that first time they handed me the mic. Luckily, thanks to some friendly encouragement and the fact that the bands were all amazing, I soon got into the swing of things.
A big thank you to Construction Rocks for inviting me and being such great hosts. And well done to the winners: the Propheads for Best Performance, Margaret Street Preachers for Best Band and the amazing Arun Against the Machine wining Best Fundraising. Thanks to everyone who came, moshed, crowd-surfed and waved their glow sticks!
But regardless of my personal record as a judge, it was you guys that made LandAid Day a success. So from everyone at LandAid – THANK YOU! Thank you for breaking records, for coming up with loads of crazy ideas and most importantly for changing the lives of young people across the country.
Watch out for announcements about next year coming soon…