The cancellation of the 23rd annual LandAid 10k run came as a blow to the many supporters of the property industry charity. But it turns out that this needn’t be bad news for the young homeless people who LandAid aims to help, as the 2020 event is going ahead—with a difference.
Welcome to the LandAid QuaranTEN, which brings the fundraiser run to many more participants than usual. The charity invites runners to ‘go your own way’, running safely in your own neighbourhood, at any time between July 8th and 15th. Your chosen activity needn’t be completed in one go, so you really can go your own way. You’re not restricted to a 10k run, if you’d rather run 10 miles or even just walk 10,000 steps. Each participant will donate £10 to sign up, and will have a fundraising target of £50.
At Faithful+Gould, we’re excited to be taking part. We are backing the event at a national level and currently have 17 people taking part.
Young homeless people are disproportionately affected by the challenges of Covid-19 and they need urgent help to survive this crisis. They are already disadvantaged in employment and education prospects, and at increased risk of mental and physical health issues.
The pandemic has brought further challenges. It’s incredibly difficult for homeless people to socially distance or self-isolate, and all too easy for individuals to be missed in the local authority emergency provision. Post-Covid, economic downturn and resulting job losses will inevitably leave more young people at risk of homelessness, while the services provided by homelessness charities are likely to be threatened.
LandAid helps charities delivering life-changing services for young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness in the future. We’ve been keen supporters since the charity’s earliest days, and two of our regional directors, Stuart Rogers and Phil Davies, are proud to be LandAid North West and Yorkshire board members. Our employees have participated in many events, in recent years including the LandAid/RICS Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge and the annual LandAid MIPIM Tennis Classic tournament in Cannes.
Stuart Rogers adds:
“More than ever before, we need to support those most vulnerable in our society. Over the last four to five years, the number of young homeless people in our city centres has noticeably increased, and urgent action is needed to help them. LandAid undertakes such important work, both nationally and regionally, to tackle these issues, and the support of the built environment industry is a key part of the solution.”
If you’d like to support the LandAid QuaranTEN, please help our team in raising funds to end youth homelessness in the UK.