Property Giving Back, Never Giving Up!Digital Editor
In an industry the size of Real Estate, its support for charities has become significant. We are an inherently philanthropic sector – supporting regeneration of run down areas, investing when public funds can’t, and supporting minority causes that demand attention in the David and Goliath world of Fund raising. Then there’s the fund raising side of the sector – with an enormous range of charitable events and challenges that bring the sector together – from triathlons and cycles to quizzes and bake-offs! At Innesco we support various charities – notably Coram, I Can, Harry Mahon Cancer Research Fund and ELIFAR.
On Sunday 31st July I chose to support LandAid in the Prudential RideLondon cycling event. Organised with help from the Mayor of London, over 27,000 cyclists rode on open roads from the Olympic Park in Stratford across to Chiswick, down to Newlands Corner in Surrey, up the punishing Leith Hill, then Box Hill, back up to Kingston and Wimbledon and finishing on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. It was a gruelling 165km, but with high spirits, everyone met the challenge head on. Just under 5 hours later, it was done!
LandAid is the property sector’s charity, and this was my first time raising money. Every day of every year, thousands of young people in the UK find themselves homeless. Many are forced to sleep in overcrowded hostels, on public transport, or worse still, on the streets. LandAid bring together remarkable businesses and individuals from across the industry to support projects that deliver life-changing services to young people facing homelessness. They do this through Award Grants, providing property expertise for charities, and helping to raise awareness of homelessness – with the aim of ending youth homelessness by 2026.
My charity page will be kept open for a while longer – if you can spare any donation large or small it’d be much appreciated. 100% goes to LandAid.
You can find the link here: My Donate page: Help Me Help LandAid!
I think it’s always good to test your self and give yourself a challenge from time to time – and when things get tough, never give up, just give back!
Dan Innes, MD
1st August 2016