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26/09/2017

Leap the peaks

Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness

More than 330 of our colleagues, friends and family have raised £45,000 for our charity partner, End Youth Homelessness (EYH). On Friday 7 July, participants travelled from across the county to take part in our Group wide fundraiser, Leap the Peaks – an 80ft abseil and a 9.2 mile walk along the Monsal Trail in the Peak District.

Kirsty Eversden, Customer Service Representative for the Society, was one of the participants on the day.

She 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 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.

Rosie Mellor, EYH Corporate Partnerships Manager, said: “It was wonderful to see so many of Yorkshire Building Society 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 travelled far and wide to take part. All funds raised from this event go towards our bespoke YBS funded project, helping homeless young people in need to have a place to call home.”

See a video of the day below:

For more information on End Youth Homelessness, please visit www.eyh.org.uk

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