LandAid is set to hold its annual Cambridge SleepOut at Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club on March 2.

The charity is calling on over 1,000 property professionals across the UK to come together to endure one night outside to raise funds to support young people between 16-25 years facing homelessness.

All funds raised at the Cambridge SleepOut will go to a local charity, the YMCA Trinity.

The YMCA Trinity focuses on building proactive and sustainable communities with an emphasis on supporting young people and helping them to realise their full potential on their journey from dependence to independence. This includes housing, childcare, health & fitness, youth projects, youth justice services, mental health counselling, employability programmes, volunteering and much more.

Each participant will be asked to raise over £166 – the cost of funding one desperately needed bed space for a month. Every penny raised will take LandAid and the YMCA Trinity one step closer to giving young people the structure and support they need, to build a brighter future.

Wide support has already been shown across the property and real estate industries, including Cambridge regional sponsor, Bidwells.

Nick Pettit, senior partner at Bidwells, said: “The LandAid SleepOut is always a challenging event for everyone who takes part. But we know there are countless young people in our city facing this energy-sapping challenge each and every day of their lives. We are pleased to be playing our small part in helping give young people a route out of homelessness.”

Jonathan Martin, CEO of YMCA Trinity said: “By sleeping out you’ll be getting a glimpse at what it’s like to be homeless, but at the same time you’ll be raising funds the YMCA Trinity. We will use this support to give young people experiencing homelessness an affordable and safe space where they can build their independence, skills, look for training or education and live as part of a community.”

122,000 young people approached their local council for housing support last year alone. Sadly, many of these were left unsupported and therefore rely on the vital care that charities provide in local communities across the UK. Now, this support is more valuable than ever.

You can register to join the LandAid SleepOut 2023 here.

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