LandAid, the property industry charity helping to end youth homelessness in the UK, is set to receive a further cash boost thanks to enthusiastic cyclists from national property consultancy Carter Jonas and its network of colleagues and associates.
Teams from across Carter Jonas’ UK offices will be amongst more than 400 riders taking part in the annual cycling event for the property and business community on Friday 7 June.
LandAid works to help end youth homelessness in the UK. Last year the charity gave out more than £1.8m in funding to 39 charities across the UK, supporting 7,764 young people.
Two charities in Yorkshire and Humber benefited from grants – Canopy Housing in Leeds and Doorstep in Hull.
Canopy Housing renovates empty and derelict houses and transforms them into affordable accommodation for people who are homeless or in housing need.
LandAid’s £75,000 grant is helping the charity to renovate four empty Victorian two-bed terraced houses, creating eight bed spaces in shared houses for young people along with support. Each young person moving in will help to finish the refurbishment, building a sense of ownership, creating responsible and committed tenants. The skills learnt will also help the young people towards employment and break the cycle of homelessness.’
LandAid’s £60,000 grant to Doorstep will help renovate an empty, purpose-built, two storey block of flats to create a Parent and Baby Unit. The flats will provide intensive supported housing for young parents and their babies in Hull.
According to figures from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released in Autumn 2018, there was a 19% increase in rough sleeping in the Yorkshire region in the year 2017-18.
As of Q1 2018 there are 5,664 recorded homeless people in the region, the equivalent of 1 in every 1000 people – an increase of 600 on 2017 – so LandAid’s investment comes at a critical time.
Paul Morrish, chief executive of LandAid, said: “We’re delighted that Carter Jonas is partnering with us once again this year. Such support is essential to ensure we can provide the assistance needed to help end youth homelessness and set young people up for a brighter future.
“LandAid offers a way of bringing disused properties back into use to the benefit of the whole community while offering invaluable training to people who are unemployed, empowering them to live independently and make an active contribution to their communities.”
Organised by cycling experts Iconic Cycling Events, the Carter Jonas LandAid Pedalthon will start and end at Castle Howard. Riders can choose from the 30, 50 or 75 mile routes, all through glorious Yorkshire countryside. A feature of the ride is the regular food stops along the route which showcase some of the best produce the region has to offer.
Amy Souter, partner based at the Harrogate office of Carter Jonas, said: “The work LandAid does across the country continues to highlight just how many young people are at risk of becoming homeless. The Carter Jonas LandAid Pedalthon grows year on year and the enthusiasm with which the event is embraced by Yorkshire’s property and business community demonstrates the support for this very deserving cause.”
Entry is open to both individuals and corporate teams, and costs £60 per rider, £300 per team of 6 or £500 per team of 10 (all inc VAT) on the early bird offer which is available until 31 March.
For more information and to register visit the website www.yorkshirepedalthon.co.uk. To keep up with all the action on twitter follow @CJPedalthon.