I’ve been truly astounded by the real estate industry over the past few months. You’ve stood by your charity through thick and thin - not only raising almost £1m for our Emergency COVID-19 Fund but now by taking the time to run, jog and walk to end youth homelessness at the LandAid QuaranTEN.
The LandAid 10K is our oldest and most well-known event. Year-on-year hundreds of you come back to pound the paths of a London park, beat your PB, network with colleagues and friends, and importantly raise funds for LandAid. So when the little matter of a global pandemic meant we couldn’t do our usual 10K - the LandAid Team had just one thought - we've got to do it somehow!
Along came the LandAid QuaranTEN (sorry about the name, we love a pun!)
Over the past week 760 of you have walked ten thousand steps, run ten kilometres or even ten long miles and you’ve raised over £98,000 and counting.
We couldn’t be more thankful. You’ve raised valuable funds to provide safe, secure and affordable accommodation for young people across the country. Who, despite this global pandemic engulfing us all, still don’t have somewhere safe to call their own.
On Saturday - I did my own challenge. I ran my ten long miles along the Thames. Its the first time I’ve pounded the streets outside of South London since March, and I loved every moment. (And of course I cleverly made sure that I ended up at a brewery where I had my first cold pint of Guinness in far too long!)
I’ve run every day this year. Every day since the 1 January. Even when its been hard, I’ve shoved my Sweaty Betty’s on and got myself out of the door, even if I haven't wanted to I’ve made myself do it.
It has been hard and arduous on many of days, but nothing compared to the struggles faced by the young people we support.
That’s why I am so very grateful to all of you who took part in the QuaranTEN. You’ve made a real difference; to LandAid, but more importantly to young people across the country who really need our support.
So whether you walked, jogged, crawled or ran - thank you. You’ve gone the distance to change lives