Tom Fenby and Ewan Peacock saddled up with other construction professionals to conquer the tough task and raise funds for an anti-homeless campaign, known as Pledge150, launched earlier this year by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in support of LandAid.
It took them from Workington to Tynemouth, tackling various testing trails along the way, including the punishing Hartside Pass, which ascends to a dizzy 1,904 feet.
Tom, Graduate Quantity Surveyor at Faithful+Gould, said: “Despite the pain, punctures and persistent hills that were ever present throughout the challenge, we all agreed that this was a great way to support the Pledge150 campaign and highlight the work that RICS and LandAid are doing to help combat youth homelessness.
“Doing this challenging cycle is nothing compared to what young people are facing when it comes to homelessness, so we are proud to have contributed to the RICS mission of providing safe spaces and a brighter future.”
The fundraising will support three carefully chosen projects within the north east; the renovation of an empty two-bed property for East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust, the conversion and renovation of an empty care home into 15 flats for Single Homeless Action Initiative in Durham (SHAID), and the refurbishment of five empty properties in County Durham and Darlington for Humankind.
Brian Clennell, Chairman of the RICS Teesside Local Association and regional director at Faithful+Gould’s Stockton Office, said: “I feel a huge sense of pride that our Stockton Office team are raising money as part of the RICS Pledge 150, to fund these life-changing projects. It’s an incredible cause that is already making a difference throughout the UK. We encourage everyone working in the land, property and construction sectors to join in with the challenge.”
In its 150th year, the RICS have launched Pledge150 in partnership with property industry charity, LandAid. The aim of the campaign is to unite the property industry in raising funds to deliver at least 150 bed spaces for young people at risk of homelessness, by the end of 2018.
Chris Pearson, Chair of the RICS North East Regional Board, said: “There’s often even more homeless people in a city or town than official figures reveal, as ‘homelessness’ doesn’t just mean sleeping on the streets, it can include those ‘sofa surfing’ or living in overcrowded and unsafe accommodation that aren’t accounted for.
“We hope more of our region’s property professionals will get involved and support the Pledge150 campaign, as youth homelessness is a problem that can be solved, and RICS, along with our professional members like Faithful+Gould, can play a vital role. By getting involved in initiatives like Pledge 150, we can protect young people from homelessness and make a real positive difference to their lives.”
For more information on the RICS Pledge150 campaign, including how to get involved or find out about upcoming Pledge150 fundraisers in your area visit www.rics.org/pledge150