Intrinsic FE Director Chris Roberts isn’t afraid to push himself out of his comfort zone thanks to an impressive track record of endurance events. The same can’t be said of colleague and Intrinsic FE Associate, Emma Knight, who loves the great outdoors but isn’t given to sleeping in it without compelling reason, especially this early in the year.
Nonetheless, the two colleagues have teamed up (socially-distanced, of course) to support LandAid’s SleepOut 2021 at home on 11th March. For the past three years, LandAid has invited the property industry to join together for one night outside to help end youth homelessness. It’s not about replicating sleeping rough, but encouraging supporters to step outside their comfort zone.
“It’s a been a challenging year across the sector for obvious reasons,” comments Chris, “but Intrinsic was able to deliver robust strategies to help clients navigate the impact of lockdowns and beyond on building services, and emerge in good shape.”
“Unfortunately,” he continues, “the same can’t be said for youth homelessness: in London the number of young people sleeping rough on the streets has risen by 47% since the start of the pandemic. It’s important that we give back in this way to help alleviate the harsh realities faced by a growing number of young people.”
Emma echoes his passion for the cause: “Optimism is my buzz-word for 2021, so supporting LandAid’s SleepOut is a no-brainer. It’s the very least I can do if it helps to give more young people the same life chances as my own teenagers.”
Where will you SleepOut?
The pair are busy fundraising and have until 11th March to identify their respective Sleep Out locations. This year’s event takes place in the socially distanced safety of participants’ back garden, or anywhere in the home where they wouldn’t normally sleep.
“The plan is to sleep wherever will most challenge us,” notes Chris, “the more uncomfortable and unconventional the better. Ordinarily I’d be heading straight for the pebbles of my local beach, but in light of this year’s circumstances I’m fortunate to have a small patch of outside space I can curl up in.”
“Just sleeping outside at this time of year is going to be a big enough challenge,” adds Emma, “so I’m hoping my cat – or even teenagers – will join me to keep me warm for the night. Is that cheating?”
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