Fine & Country agents sleep rough to raise money for homeless charity
Agents from Fine & Country have left the comfort of their homes to sleep rough on streets across the country to raise awareness of homelessness in the UK.
During October, staff from Fine & Country Coventry slept in the ruins of the Old Cathedral of Coventry City in cardboard boxes to raise money for the homeless charity St Basils on behalf of the Fine & Country Foundation.
St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping over 4000 young people per year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest and Coventry. They have a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move on.
The Fine & Country team of Sean, Tyler and Clint made their living area for the night by constructing some cardboard boxes and plastic sheeting from the provisions they were given by the St Basils team, and a few others borrowed from a nearby supermarket.
Once their accommodation was set up, they met with other groups giving up their home comforts for the night to raise awareness of what it is like to sleep on the streets.
Clint Nykamp, Partner at Fine & Country Coventry, said: “When we found out more about the charity we very quickly realised that this isn’t just a charity that helps young people off the streets. They source accommodation, put them into a youth program to teach them primarily life skills and even help them get into industries that they are keen, like a great music program that they run.”
“We had the privilege of listening to two young people that are currently being helped by the charity. Without St Basils, they would have been left on the street, but now they are involved in programs and one of them was a leader within the group.”
“This part of the night really hit home with us and we were even happier for supporting this wonderful charity.”
Then it came to the point of the night; sleeping on the streets with full exposure to the elements.
“At midnight it was time to settle in for the night and try and keep warm in our sleeping bags,” Clint said. “Needless to say, it was a sleepless night and we were all up by 5am. However none of us minded as this was only a tiny taste of what people all around our country experience.”
So far, the team have raised a fantastic total of £746. If you would like to donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Clint-Nykamp1/ or donate in person at the Fine & Country Coventry office.