So, what is making people give up their time and their beds to get involved?
Four volunteers explain why they are supporting Mortgage Sleep Out.
Helen Rothwell, head of channel engagement for mortgages at Barclays
It’s shocking and heart breaking that we are set for another cold winter when in 2018 one in every 59 people living in London are homeless.
The night that we will all be sleeping out is almost certainly going to be very cold and wet, and something the homeless community face over many months.
However, I am proud to be supporting our industry’s Mortgage Sleep Out to raise awareness of how serious the issue of homelessness is.
I hope to raise as many funds as possible to support charities in their work to eradicate homelessness.
For us, it is one night before we return to a warm bed, but with initiatives such as #MortgageSleepOut many more will also return to one too.
Georgia Shaw, people coordinator at Dynamo Mortgages
We are supporting Mortgage Sleep Out because we care.
We think it’s important to remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to apply for a mortgage.
In fact, many people struggle to get a roof over their heads for the night.
Data from research conducted by Homeless Link shows that almost 5,000 people were sleeping rough in England in 2017, an increase of 170% since 2010.
Living and working in London, rough sleeping is something many of us encounter on a daily basis. Dynamo believes it’s about time we do something about this. We will be swapping shoes with some of society’s most vulnerable people, and we’re asking you to do the same.
Buster Tolfree, commercial director – specialist mortgages at United Trust Bank
I am supporting Mortgage Sleep Out because quite simply, it’s the right thing to do.
I’m a firm believer that on a regular basis we should take a step back and appreciate what we have in life that really matters; be that our family, friends or our personal passions.
By valuing what we all have individually we can also better appreciate what life would be like without those things we hold so dear.
Often it is easy to forget those less fortunate, who have far less than the quality of life we enjoy every day.
If by giving one night of my time I can help promote a very real issue that exists UK-wide, then that’s not really a choice at all – it’s just the right thing to do.
Thomas Webster, managing partner at Sentry Advice
We are supporting Mortgage Sleep Out because homelessness in our hometown of Eastbourne has more than quadrupled in the past two years and unfortunately this trend is representative of most coastal towns in Sussex.
The Mortgage Sleep Out is an excellent initiative and a great opportunity for us to raise vital funds and make a real difference to those that need our help the most.
If you would like to be part of the industry movement to eradicate homelessness, you can register now and receive your guide on how to arrange a Sleep Out at www.mortgagesleepout.com
Donations can be made to the Mortgage Sleep Out at www.justgiving.com/campaign/mortgagesleepout.