We are pleased to announce our first ever virtual fundraising event has raised £7,500! This will support our work to prevent local youth homelessness, giving local vulnerable young people a helping hand to take their next steps to leading successful independent lives.

 With our annual Sleep Out event unable to take place this year as a result of the Covid pandemic, we hosted an online STAY:UP event on Friday 9th October. 80 people volunteered to stay awake for one night and raise money to help young people who haven’t had the best start in life.

With engaging online content and activities on the hour every hour designed to help participants stay awake and motivated throughout, we would like to thank everyone who took part and contributed to the event’s success.

Matt Garrod, Director of Operations says: “From a quiz, how to rescue a houseplant, and a fitness session, to marble racing, a memory test and yoga, STAY:UP really did have something for everybody! It was a hugely enjoyable night. Throughout, there were also opportunities to learn more about the vital work of The Benjamin Foundation, the reason behind the event. We are extremely grateful to all those who took part for their fundraising, enthusiasm and passion to prevent local youth homelessness.”

Clapham and Collinge Solicitors were Headline Sponsors and had a team taking part on the night.

Marketing Manager, Louis Hilldrup Boorman says: “Clapham & Collinge Solicitors were proud to be headline sponsors of The Benjamin Foundation’s STAY:UP event and had a team take part in the event too. To imagine going through the challenges of Covid without a roof over our heads really puts it into perspective just how fortunate we are, and just how important it is to support those without a stable home or support network.”

Louis adds: “My colleagues and I participated in STAY:UP so we could do our bit to tackle youth homelessness in our community. Whilst we were all in the comfort of our own homes, the concept of staying up all night was a challenge. There was a real sense of community and togetherness.”

Matt Garrod continues: “We are grateful to Headline Sponsors, Clapham and Collinge, Osiris Technologies for their technical support on the night, and of course all contributors and participants. Their help during this incredibly difficult year means we can support more local young people to take their next steps to independence. This includes helping them to learn essential life skills and create the building blocks to forging successful independent lives.”

STAY:UP was a joint initiative with End Youth Homelessness, a UK wide network of charities joining forces to tackle youth homelessness. The Benjamin Foundation provides a home and support to over 100 young people in Norfolk and Suffolk each night.

Our STAY:UP fundraising page remains open and those wishing to make a donation to support the charity’s work to prevent local youth homelessness, can do so here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenjaminFoundation or text STAYUP 5 to 70085 to donate £5 Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message

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