Collectively fundraising over £5,500, colleagues from across Miles and Barr came together to experience what it might be like to sleep rough every night.
During the company’s first Sleep Out for Porchlight, employees built shelters from cardboard boxes and heard from Porchlight about how the money fundraised will support and transform a life.
Mark Brooks, CEO of Miles and Barr, said: “The ‘Sleep Out’ was an eye-opening experience for not just me but all employees who participated, proving to us all why we should always aim to help those in vulnerable positions such as those supported by Porchlight.
“As an independently-owned, market-leading property group in Kent, we care about helping those who need a little extra support.
“By placing our fundraising focus on Porchlight, we know that we can help to make a difference to the services that they offer.
“Our Sleep Out for Porchlight fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of Discovery Park, Future Homes UK, and Landsec (Westwood Cross).
“Each partner donated resources for the evening, which meant that we could hold, in collaboration with Porchlight, an event that raised over £5,500.”
This year, Porchlight took referrals for more than 1,000 people who were rough sleeping, and now, thousands more people in Kent are in danger of becoming homeless because they’ve lost jobs or income.
Kate Boulding, corporate partnerships manager at Porchlight, said: “Protections like the furlough scheme and the eviction ban have now ended and we’re expecting even more people to be needing our help in the coming months.
“The amazing support we’ve received from Miles and Barr means we can continue to be there for the most vulnerable in our communities.
“We want to say a massive thank you to all the employees who slept out to raise funds towards our work, and for the generous support we’ve received from Miles and Barr through our invaluable partnership.”
Miles and Barr also turned its branches purple on Saturday 9 October to mark World Homeless Day on 10 October 2021.
From window displays to Porchlight t-shirts, all members of staff showed their support for the charity and its cause while raising awareness too.