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Date set for Mortgage Sleep Out as support mounts

The date for Mortgage Sleep Out, the industry event to raise funds for the homeless, has been confirmed as Friday 30 November.

The fundraiser came about earlier in August when Brightstar Financial chief executive Rob Jupp tweeted that the number of ‘rough sleepers’ currently in London is a “national outrage.”

Many in the industry agreed with the sentiments, with Atom Bank director of intermediary lending Maria Harris suggesting the sleep out to raise funds and awareness.

The idea soon gathered momentum, with the hashtag #MortgageSleepOut trending highly on Twitter and more than 40 firms confirming their interest within a few days.

An estimated 4,750 people slept rough on any given night in England in 2017, according to official figures.

By joining together as one voice it is felt that the industry can highlight the growing plight as well as raising much needed funds through Mortgage Sleep Out.

The chosen homelessness charity that will benefit from the fundraiser is set to be announced in the coming days.

Jupp says: “We have been overwhelmed by the response of the mortgage industry in tackling this cause and we want to harness that support and create a network across the UK of #MortgageSleepOut events, organised locally by willing businesses and individuals all contributing to one national effort on Friday 30 November 2018.”

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