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Press release

1 AUG 2019

Pledge150 delivers over 75 bed spaces for the young homeless

Our ambitious Pledge150 campaign with LandAid has delivered 76 bed spaces for young homeless people across the UK.

We launched Pledge150 last year as part of our 150th anniversary activities, with the aim of uniting the wider property industry in making a lasting difference to the growing homelessness epidemic, by raising significant funds for LandAid to deliver more homes for young vulnerable people.

Collaborating to end homelessness

The Duke of Cambridge attended the Pledge150 fundraising launch event at our headquarters in London, which raised over £127,000 alone, and the campaign attracted support from high profile property experts and TV personalities such as, George Clarke and Phil Spencer.

Companies of all sizes, along with individual built environment professionals, embraced Pledge150, raising funds through various activities including abseiling down the 130ft Europa Hotel in Belfast, marathons, cycling challenges, sleep outs, tours of historic buildings and a Surveyors vs Snowdon trek.

Meanwhile firms including Allsop, Currie & Brown, Deloitte, Gleeds, Gerald Eve, and Hurstwood Group along with Knight Frank, LaSalle, Morson Group and Turner & Townsend donated generous funds towards the campaign.

Ending homelessness together

Companies of all sizes, along with individual built environment professionals, embraced Pledge150, raising funds through various activities.

Others provided significant pro bono services and expertise to help refurbish and renovate housing projects in their local areas, with building consultancy, Domec Professional Services providing £25,000 worth of voluntary professional work to develop innovative strategies to house more young homeless people.

Housing charities & projects

To-date, Pledge150 funds have helped numerous housing charities fund a diverse range of housing projects including:

  • Simon Community Northern Ireland – the funds have helped renovate a new build property extension in Belfast to deliver 6 bed spaces.
  • St Basils in the West Midlands - their Pledge150 grant helped renovate hostel accommodation in Birmingham, delivering 21 more bed spaces.
  • Manchester Settlement – funds have gone towards renovating two houses to create four new bed spaces in Manchester.
  • East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust – their Pledge150 grant will help renovate a two-bed long-term empty property in the East Cleveland area.
  • YMCA Glenrothes – funds have gone towards refurbishing an empty three-bed terraced house in Glenrothes to create three new bed spaces.
  • YMCA East Surrey – a Pledge150 grant has helped deliver 16 more bed spaces in Surrey.

We are delighted with the success of our Pledge150 campaign. Not only has it delivered a significant number of homes for young homeless people, it has also created a legacy of uniting all those who work in the land, property and construction sectors to help end homelessness and use their skills and expertise for the greater good.

Sean Tompkins
CEO, RICS

Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS commented: "We are delighted with the success of our Pledge150 campaign. Not only has it delivered a significant number of homes for young homeless people, it has also created a legacy of uniting all those who work in the land, property and construction sectors to help end homelessness and use their skills and expertise for the greater good."

Paul Morrish, CEO, LandAid commented: "We would like say a huge thank you to the RICS and everyone involved in Pledge150. The campaign has now provided over 75 new homes for young people across the country, giving young people the support they need to move onto brighter futures.

"It has been a pleasure to see so many RICS members backing the campaign and LandAid's mission to end youth homelessness – thank you."