Propertymark has organised agents to take part in a charity sleep out at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with funding from the organisation’s charitable arm, Arbon Trust. The dedicated team aims to raise £40,000 for the charity Centrepoint to support homeless young people in the UK – over 100 agents will take part.
In 2017/18 103,000 young people asked their local council for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. Centrepoint offers practical support to homeless people age 16-25, focusing on providing a safe place to stay and the building blocks for an independent life.
Lauren Scott, President, NAEA Propertymark, who is taking part in the sleep out, said, “I have learned a lot about the work that Centrepoint does and there are so many reasons that people find themselves without the basic stability and comfort that the we take for granted. This is a fantastic opportunity for estate agents to take this step to change the lives of young people, desperately in need of help and guidance.”
Phil Keddie, President, ARLA Propertymark, also taking part in the event, added, “In these uncertain times, it can be very easy to overlook the homeless and take the basic amenities we have for granted. Centrepoint is working to change this by helping the young and vulnerable and giving them the protection and help they need to have another chance. This sleepout is an opportunity for the industry to give something back, to a part of society that has become lost and desperately needs our help.”