Chestertons has chosen this year’s World Homeless Day [Saturday 10 October] to announce our new charity partnership with St Mungo’s Broadway.
The partnership will see Chestertons running a range of fundraising activities from golf days and its annual ‘back to the floor’ initiative, to bake sales, quiz evenings, wine tastings and gala dinners. Staff will also be getting their hats on at the end of January for the charity’s annual Woolly Hat Day, for which more than 400 employees across 33 offices and branches in London will be take part to raise funds and awareness for the growing homeless crisis.
The partnership kicked off this week with Chestertons’ Head of Residential, Richard Davies, accompanying the charity’s rough sleeper outreach team on their nightly mission to help support people on the streets of London to find a safe and permanent home. He was joined by Victoria Gilmore and Nicola Bye, agents from the Mayfair and Little Venice teams respectively, and they will also be blogging about their experiences this week.
St Mungo’s Broadway is one of the country’s leading homelessness charities, supporting 2,500 people with a bed and accommodation every night of the year. It supports people through more than 250 projects including emergency, hostel and supportive housing projects, advice services, specialist physical health, mental health and skills and work services.
Giles Milner, Chestertons’ Marketing Director, says: “We launched our ‘Charity Champions’ initiative to help encourage staff to think about the way they can individually and collectively make a difference in the wider community. St Mungo’s Broadway is active in many areas of London in which we operate, and I look forward to Chestertons making a real difference to the great work they do by raising money and providing volunteers from across our business.”
Richard Davies, Chestertons’ Head of Residential, who joined outreach teams in Westminster this week, adds: “By partnering with St Mungo’s Broadway, we’re committing to positive steps towards trying to solve at least some of the causes of homelessness in London. Our agents and employees work very closely with their local communities, so it’s impossible to ignore the plight of people facing the prospect of sleeping rough – especially when you actually get out and meet them first-hand as I did this week. It was certainly a very eye-opening experience for me and my colleagues.”
Hayley Conboy, Corporate Partners Manager, St Mungo’s Broadway, says: “Corporate partnerships are so important to charities like ours, not only through their fundraising efforts but also by sharing their time and expertise. We’re delighted to have been chosen by Chesterton’s as its Charity Partner, with over 60% of staff choosing to support us. It is great news that we have the support of Chestertons for the coming year.”