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    Blog by Nathan Cornish

    A rough night for two of our colleagues as they help to raise funds to help put an end to youth homelessness

    06 March 2023
    A 2 minute read by Nathan Cornish

    More than 1000 property professionals helped to raise funds to end youth homelessness last week as part of the annual LandAid SleepOut. Our colleague Nathan Cornish – who also serves as LandAid Chairman in the North West – took part along with Reiss Whiteley, and here Nathan tells us more.

    I was one of 220 property folks sleeping out at Sale Rugby Club this week, as we gathered to raise funds for LandAid. That incredible group of people has already notched up an incredible £70,000 – a figure that’s still rising!

    Last year was our first Sleep Out and we had 63 people take part, so it’s grown a bit in 12 months. I can’t wait to see what 2024 brings.

    I’m so proud to be chair this charity which is committed to ending youth homelessness. Funds from this particular event will help with a new Landaid venture in Salford that will help us build six new homes for young homeless families at Salford Foyer. More about that later in the year.

    Nathan pictured with some of the team involved in the LandAid SleepOut 2023

    The industry did itself proud and we had to turn people away on the night as we’d reached capacity. The night itself was enjoyable at times, seeing so many familiar faces, but it clearly had a serious undertone. It was, admittedly, fairly easy to sleep rough for one night only and I only really had to endure the cold and relentless cacophony of snoring which roared around the main stand at the famous old stadium in Heywood Road.

    What I think all the brave folk that took part realised was just how lucky we were that this was just a single night. Just how do homeless people cope with sleeping rough every night with temperatures close to zero? How do they get out of such an awful predicament especially when they must be both mentally and physically shattered? All participants last week had the comfort of knowing the next night they’d be tucked up in a warm bed, whereas someone who is homeless simply lives with this discomfort and uncertainty often without a get out pass.

    Nathan pictured with some of the team involved in the LandAid SleepOut 2023

    It was a sobering night, but one that I’ll never forget. When I next see someone who is homeless, I’ll remember my night out and wonder how they got there. In fact I might just stop and have a chat and try and understand how this is still so prevalent in the 21st century.

    If you missed out fear not as you can still sponsor here, and Landaid will be making further announcements during the year as we launch our call for sponsors of the new Salford Foyer homes later in the year. If you’re interested in getting involved in LandAid or just hearing what we’re up to then I’d love to tell you more – just get in touch via email.

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