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Mortgage Sleep Out surpasses fundraising target

November’s charity efforts to raise funds for End Youth Homelessness surpassed its fundraising target of £100,000.

The endeavour saw more than 500 people from the industry sleep out on the UK’s streets in 25 events across 20 regions, raising a total of £110,000 for the charity.

Funds were also raised through the single Take Me Home, which saw a number of singers and musicians from the industry collaborate on a track which was released on various music sharing platforms.

End Youth Homelessness managing director Nick Connolly says: “Rob Jupp, CEO at Brightstar said the mortgage industry would raise £100,000 to help End Youth Homelessness and it did.

“In fact, we surpassed our target with a total of £110,000 raised so far. This figure means that we can assist every young person who approached a local authority for help with homelessness last year. We hope this brilliant effort will inspire other industries to commit to working collaboratively to End Youth Homelessness.”

Rob Jupp says: “Everyone who took part in Mortgage Sleep Out and charity single Take Me Home has made a tangible difference to the lives of young people who are struggling to find their feet. I have been overwhelmed by the success of these events and hope to be involved with more in the future.”

End Youth Homelessness corporate development manager Rob Rees says: “We are so grateful for the entire Mortgage Sleep Out community raising such incredible sum of money. This will transform the lives of homeless young people across the UK.

“We have already started putting the fundraising to work. Over £50,000 has gone directly to our member charities to fund their vital local services. These services support young people on every step of their journey from homelessness to independence. Our Members give young people safe accommodation to call home, specialist health support and access to education, employment and training pathways. All of our Member Charities receiving funds will also be introduced to their local Mortgage Sleep Out businesses, forming strong local partnerships which can continue to support our young people in 2019 and beyond.”

Rees said that as the remaining money was raised in areas where EYH doesn’t have a local presence, it will be invested into the charity’s core work to help raise even more money for the sector.

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