Locations for industry charity fundraiser Mortgage Sleep Out have been established in Manchester and London.
The event, in which the mortgage industry has promised to spend the night of 30 November sleeping on the streets in order to raise both funds for and awareness of homelessness in the UK, was first mooted by Robb Jupp, boss of Brightstar financial, this summer.
Partnerships and pledges were quickly formed to the tune of over 1,000 participants from more than 70 businesses, as confirmed in late October.
The London Sleep Out will be taking place in Enfield, while the Manchester Sleep Out will be at the Assetz Capital Office in South West Manchester. Both events are open to all.
Those interested in further details and registration for the night in Manchester should email Sirius Property Finance director Adele Turton, at email@example.com, while people in London should aim their correspondence at Also Communications director Laura Hammond, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commenting on the event, Turton says: “Homelessness is on the rise every year and this is a great cause, which I’m very proud to be part of it. We agreed to organising a Sleep Out in August and now ‘winter is coming’, it really brings it home just how difficult homelessness must be.”
Assetz Capital director Damien Druce adds: “Supporting this noble cause is a no-brainer given the plight of homeless people in our country’s towns and cities, and its year-on-year rise. What better time of the year to do this; when the suffering of the homeless is compounded by shorter days and much colder weather often with unpredictable extremities.
“To add to this, whilst rough sleepers are seeking out safe places to stay, those more fortunate are Christmas shopping or out revelling with colleagues. The mortgage industry can be fiercely competitive at times, but that competition never gets in the way of pulling together in support of good causes and this is the reason why I, along with our Co-founder and CEO Stuart Law, will be joined by colleagues and peers from across Manchester to bolster our support in raising further awareness and funds for the homeless.”
Meanwhile, Roma Finance managing director Scott Marshall comments: “Homelessness and rough sleeping are a tragedy at any time of the year, but the timing of this event couldn’t be any more important with the onset of winter. We wish Mortgage Sleep Out every success and hope it raises enough money to end the plight for so many unfortunate people.”
Easier Finances director Ally Kassam says: “When I saw this initiative in the trade press, there was no pause – I signed up straight away. Spending my days helping people buy their home, then seeing homelessness on the streets has always sat uneasily with me.
“I have always supported local homeless charities, but this seemed to be the perfect opportunity to truly experience what people have to go through daily, to help to raise awareness and funds to try to make a difference.”