Industry charity LandAid, is calling on 1,000 property professionals across the country to brave one night outside and SleepOut on Thursday 10 March, to raise over £500,000 and help prevent young people from having to do the same, every night.

This year, the LandAid SleepOut is back and bigger than ever, when people can choose to SleepOut at home on 10 March or join us in one of six different locations, including Cambridge, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Each participant will be asked to raise over £166 – the cost of funding a bed space for a month. Every penny raised will take LandAid one step closer towards its mission of ending youth homelessness, for good.

The Cambridge SleepOut will take place at the Cambridge University Rugby Club.

Wide support has already been shown across the industry for the LandAid SleepOut 2022 from headline sponsor, Knight Frank, alongside regional sponsors; Prologis in Birmingham, TFT in Bristol and Henry Boot Developments in Leeds.

Each region will help fund a local project that will make a huge difference to the community. The Cambridge SleepOut will raise funds for YMCA Trinity.

YMCA Trinity Group has been at the heart of community transformation in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk since 1852. Above all, the focus has always been on building proactive and sustainable communities with an emphasis on supporting young people and their journey to independence.

YMCA Trinity works with individuals and families to build better futures through an extensive range of programmes and interventions. This includes housing, childcare, health and fitness, youth projects, youth justice services, mental health counselling, employability programmes, volunteering and much more.

For those taking part in the SleepOut at home, there will be a livestream for all participants to join, featuring speeches from property professionals, the headline and regional sponsors, and young people who have experienced homelessness.

This is the fourth LandAid SleepOut. Last year, LandAid’s first-ever fully virtual SleepOut saw 608 property professionals braving the rain and cold overnight outside raising over £400,000. With support from headline sponsors including Knight Frank, Fiera Real Estate, Prologis and TFT, participants were joined via livestream by sleep physiologist Steph Romiszewski and survival instructor John Hudson, who were able to prepare sleepers for the night ahead.

Sadly, the pandemic has only enhanced the need for support for young people at risk of homelessness. The last year has seen over 120,000 young people across the UK approach their local council for housing support. You can create more safe and secure homes for those that have nowhere else to turn. Help make the 2022 LandAid SleepOut the biggest yet!

Paul Morrish, chief executive of LandAid, said “I am delighted that we are taking the LandAid SleepOut to six different locations across the UK as well as virtually, giving everyone the opportunity to brave one cold night outside to end youth homelessness. The last 22 months have been difficult for us all, but in particular young homeless people, who may not even have a roof over their heads. Last year’s virtual SleepOut provided a truly impactful opportunity to raise money to help vulnerable young people across the UK. This year, I hope that even more property professionals from across the country will be sleeping out for one night with all of us to make changes to young people’s lives which will last a lifetime.”

Alistair Elliot, senior partner & group chairman of Knight Frank, said “I am delighted that for the fourth time Knight Frank is able to support the 2022 LandAid Sleepout scheduled for Thursday 10 March.  With the 2021 event having to be virtual it is great that we are returning to physical gatherings and more exciting still that the LandAid team are planning a nationwide series of events. Youth homelessness remains an urgent issue. The LandAid Sleepout gives an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of the perilous position many young people find themselves in whilst also serving to make a real difference.”

Register for the LandAid SleepOut here.

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