Back in November, more than 500 people in the mortgage industry raised over £100,000 for the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) charity by sleeping out on the UK’s streets.
With 25 events spread across 20 different UK regions and 40 different companies taking part, #mortgagesleepout made it into the top 10 UK Twitter trends with 1.5 million impressions on 30 November – the day that most sleep out events took place.
Nick Connolly, managing director at End Youth Homelessness said: “Rob Jupp, chief executive at Brightstar said the mortgage industry would raise £100,000 to help End Youth Homelessness and it did. In fact, we surpassed our target with a total of £110,000 raised so far.
“This figure means that we can assist every young person who approached a local authority for help with homelessness last year. We hope this brilliant effort will inspire other industries to commit to working collaboratively to End Youth Homelessness.”
Jupp added: “Everyone who took part in Mortgage Sleep Out and charity single Take Me Home has made a tangible difference to the lives of young people who are struggling to find their feet. I have been overwhelmed by the success of these events and hope to be involved with more in the future.”
Rob Rees, corporate development manager at End Youth Homelessness, said: “We are so grateful for the entire Mortgage Sleep Out community raising such incredible sum of money. This will transform the lives of homeless young people across the UK.
“We have already started putting the fundraising to work. Over £50,000 has gone directly to our member charities to fund their vital local services. These services support young people on every step of their journey from homelessness to independence.
“Our members give young people safe accommodation to call home, specialist health support and access to education, employment and training pathways.”
Ress added: “All of our member charities receiving funds will also be introduced to their local Mortgage Sleep Out businesses, forming strong local partnerships which can continue to support our young people in 2019 and beyond.
“As the remaining money was raised in areas where EYH doesn’t have a local presence, it will be invested into EYH’s core work.
“This will help us raise even more money for the sector, develop new national awareness raising campaigns and allow us to continue developing the first ever national services in the UK specifically aimed at homeless young people.”