YBS leaps the peaks to raise 40k to end youth homelessness
Super Mario and Iron Man were among hundreds of Yorkshire Building Society colleagues who took an 80ft leap of faith to raise £40,000 for their charity partner, End Youth Homelessness.
More than 340 colleagues from the Society took part in Leap the Peaks – an 80ft abseil and a 9.2 mile walk along the Monsal Trail in the Peak District – on Friday 7 July.
End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is a national movement to end homelessness among 16-25 year-olds in the UK. Through the partnership, the Society aims to raise £750,000 to support over 700 homeless young people into their own rented homes.
Kirsty Eversden, Customer Service Representative for the Society, pictured above, said:
Last year I became homeless due to a falling out with my family. It was a very difficult time for me and I ended up sofa surfing at different friend’s houses as I had nowhere else to stay. Luckily I managed to rent a property after hard saving for only a month. I had previously been a saver and had money to fall back on but it was a very tough period of my life.
This is why I decided to take part in the Leap the Peaks event to raise money for our charity partner End Youth Homelessness. I know from personal experience how easy it is to suddenly have nowhere to call home. Thankfully I’m okay but some young people who end up in similar situations might not be and that is why it is such an important cause to support.
By funding rental deposit guarantees and home essentials grants, the partnership provides practical help to homeless young people across the UK who are ready to live independently.
Rosie Mellor, End Youth Homelessness Partnership Manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said:
It was wonderful to see so many of our colleagues raising money for EYH – many of whom had to conquer their fear of heights when it came to the abseil.
It was a fantastic group achievement and I’d like to say a special thank you to those who really dressed up for the occasion. Our partnership with EYH is at the heart of what we do. As an organisation we pride ourselves on helping people become financially secure and achieve everything they can, including having a place to call home.
To support them in their new home, young people will also benefit from dedicated support and financial advice in building the life skills and confidence they need to move on to lead successful and independent lives.
End Youth Homelessness was founded in 2010 by End Youth Homelessness member charity Centrepoint, after its patron, Prince William, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, challenged the charity to end youth homelessness.
Every year, EYH works directly with over 29,000 vulnerable and homeless young people aged 16-25 across the UK.
For more information please visit www.ybs.co.uk/your-society