Lady Georgina Roberts, High Sheriff of Norfolk, has pledged her support for our new virtual fundraising event to raise vital funds for our charity.

Enjoying a socially-distanced visit to our accommodation centre in Aylsham, Lady Roberts of Cockley Cley near Swaffham met safely with representatives from our charity to learn more about their work in the region and to show her support for our new STAY:UP event, which takes place on Friday 9th October.

We work to prevent youth homelessness in our region by providing a safe home to over 100 vulnerable young people aged 16-25 each night. We also give them support, skills and confidence to go on to forge successful independent lives.

Lady Roberts says: “As I travel round Norfolk and am shown Charities that have developed to meet the needs of the communities they serve, I am so impressed with the energy and skills that have been put into making the lives of people in Norfolk better.

 “I think that for young people, leaving school and starting out on adult life, with all the challenges that that entails, is such a critical time. Caring for those who are homeless or vulnerable is so important, their problems are huge and I am so pleased that The Benjamin Foundation there for them offering them accommodation and support. I’m looking forward to taking part in The Benjamin Foundation’s STAY:UP event, although a little apprehensive about the challenge of keeping awake all through the night!”

The STAY:UP event challenges people to stay awake for one night and raise vital funds for The Benjamin Foundation by gaining sponsorship to help young people to take their next steps to independence. A joint initiative with End Youth Homelessness, a UK wide network of charities joining forces to tackle youth homelessness, local participants of STAY:UP can be a part of a national event from the safety of their own home.

With our much-loved annual Sleep Out events unable to take place this year,  the need for fundraising and support is more important than ever and we are thrilled to have Lady Roberts’ support.

Matt Garrod, Director of Operations explains: “We’re looking forward to bringing a new kind of fundraising event to our supporters. STAY:UP means anyone can take part safely from their own homes to help The Benjamin Foundation to raise vital funds for our work to help local young people, who haven’t had the best start in life, to take their next steps to a successful, independent life.

“We are delighted that Lady Roberts, High Sheriff of Norfolk has pledged her support for our STAY:UP event and has shown great interest and understanding about the important work The Benjamin Foundation carries out in the region.”

STAY:UP will include a programme of fun, interactive activities for participants to join in with online, such as exercise sessions, quizzes, opportunities to learn new skills and interact with other participants.

Registration is £5 per household with a fundraising target of £100. To confirm your place, visit:


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