Fine & Country returned once again to Centrepoint’s Sleep Out in London on Thursday 16th November. The team of 13 have raised £6,179.36 for homeless young people and donations are still coming.
On the night, members of Fine & Country Head Office, Canary Wharf and East London finished work and made their way to Greenwich to join over 900 participants. The site was as a large open plane covered in fine, muddy gravel next to the O2 arena. The team found their designated sleeping area and made their way to the activities tent.
The RAF were on hand to serve dinner of beef stew, chicken curry and turkey soup for all the hungry fundraisers. After dinner and a few drinks, Centrepoint ambassador Scott Mills gave a speech, followed by a talk from Centrepoint representatives and performances from some of their success stories.
Rap poetry and singing from the young people soon led to a group sing-a-long in the crowd, with classic tunes from artists such as Robbie Williams being sung at the top of everyone’s lungs.
Left to right: Marcus Whewell, CEO of GPEA; Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents; David Lindley, CEO of Fine & Country
By 11.30pm it was ‘lights out’ and everyone made their way into their cardboard pouches and sleeping bags. Thankfully, the rain held off, but it was nevertheless a cold and uncomfortable night, with temperatures dropping to just two degrees Celsius.
Pav Lotay from Fine & Country Head Office said: “It was probably one of the best and worst experiences of my life. The evening was incredible, with lovely people to chat to, interesting talks and great food. The night, however, was so cold. I couldn’t get to sleep and even tried going for a walk at 3am for some fresh air. By the time it was 5am, I was in the foetal position trying to get warm. Despite the sleepless night, I am so glad that I have done the Sleep Out and raised awareness for youth homelessness.”
By 5.15am the sleepy participants were waking and packing up their belongings. The Fine & Country team grabbed a quick cup of tea and a sausage sandwich from the RAF before making their way back to their offices. They then began a full day of work.
Paul Kirby from Fine & Country Canary Wharf said: “Work was knackering the next day. We all handled it in different ways; I managed to keep my eyes open, but kept zoning out and losing focus. Some people were chatty while others could barely stay tuned into conversations. It was not the most productive day, but the experience was great fun and we would definitely do it again.”
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