Businessmanto spend a nighton the streets

A Berwick businessman is joining over 3,000 people across the UK by taking up the Sleep Out challenge in support of End Youth Homelessness (EYH).

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 3:00 pm
David Gordon, from Berwick, took part in a Sleep Out event in Edinburgh.

EYH brings together local charities as a national movement to end homelessness among 16 to 25-year-olds in the UK.

David Gordon, Joint Proprietor of the Yorkshire Building Society’s local agency in Berwick, Tyne & Tweed Mortgage and Investment Services, is taking part in his second Sleep Out to raise money as part of the Society’s three-year charity partnership with EYH.

David will be sleeping out in the iconic St Andrew Square in Edinburgh on Friday, October 26.

He said: “Taking part in the event last year was a real eye opener to me. The experience of sleeping on a concrete floor and the noise from traffic, sirens, road sweepers, partygoers coupled with the cold weather and rain made me understand how important and worthwhile it was to support this good cause. And that was just one night.

“Every year, 86,000 young people are homeless in the UK. Through our partnership with End Youth Homelessness we are funding our bespoke Rent Deposit Scheme which provides young people access to a deposit guarantee, home essentials grants and practical help for living independently.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so far and would ask people to donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future. To date, we have been able to help 138 young people into their own rented homes.”

Yorkshire Building Society aims to raise £750,000 over the course of the partnership to support homeless young people into their own rented homes.

EYH was founded in 2010 by Centrepoint, after its patron, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, challenged the charity to end youth homelessness.

EYH brings together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale. Each EYH charity works in its own way to meet the needs of local young people; all sharing a belief in giving homeless young people the opportunity to turn their lives around.