Over 100 estate agents have signed up to sleep rough overnight on November 21st in London’s Olympic Park in a bid to raise £40,000 for homeless charity Centrepoint, but more are needed says organiser Propertymark.
Called The Great Agent Sleepout and organised by the Arbon Trust, the charitable arm of Propertymark, it has already attracted several high-profile agents and industry bodies including NAEA and ARLA presidents Lauren Scott and Phil Keddie as well as Propertymark chairman Mark Hamer, Katie Griffin from Sawdye & Harris, James Munro from Trading Standards, Valerie Bannister from Your Move, Tom Mundy from Goodlord, Lucy Jones from Rentify, Kristjan Byfield from Base Property, Deb Davies from TDS and Richard Payne from Clive Emson.
“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 rest of us take for granted,” says Scott (left).
“This is a fantastic opportunity for estate agents to come together and I encourage as many of our members as possible to take this step to change the lives of individual young people who are desperately in need of help and guidance.”
Propertymark agents who sign up to the event will be asked to raise at least £400 each.
Centrepoint provides practical on-the-ground support to homeless people aged between 16 and 25 year old. It focusses on providing a safe place to stay and the building blocks of an independent life.
More than 103,000 young people asked their local council for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness last year across the UK.
“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,” says Keddie (left).
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