Family of Cambridge firm to sleep rough to raise funds for vulnerable young people

PUBLISHED: 14:52 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 09 March 2018

Nicholas Bewes, Howard Group CEO (left) is championing the firm’s partnership with YMCA

Nicholas Bewes, Howard Group CEO (left) is championing the firm’s partnership with YMCA

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Campaign supports YMCA’s ‘Access to Employment’ programme for young homeless people.

Members of a family owned firm in Cambridge are to sleep rough tonight in a bid to raise more than £6,000 as part of the YMCA’s campaign to help vulnerable young people with mental health challenges get into work.

It is the second year that the Cambridge property developer and investor, Howard Group has taken part in the YMCA’s ‘Sleep Easy’ event.

Members of the Howard Group team will spend the night in the cold at St Catharine’s College Sports Ground from early evening tonight until 7am tomorrow.

In 2017 the team raised £3000 and have set an increased target this year, with the specific aim of generating much-needed funds for the charity’s ‘Access to Employment’ programme for young homeless people.

As part of the YMCA’s dedicated initiative, vulnerable young people are provided with critical support to help tackle mental health challenges, as well as practical guidance to empower them to enter the world of work.

Each course of counselling costs the YMCA around £450 per person, with a further £210 needed to deliver essential CV writing assistance, interview preparation and other one-to-one support.

Last year, YMCA supported 78 young people with the service, at a cost of £48,510 all funded through voluntary donations.

Howard Group CEO, Nicholas Bewes, who is leading the effort, said: “It is critical that we all play our part in helping to address these issues and support those doing such valuable work amongst us.

“We are motivated to help raise awareness of the causes behind homelessness and find ways to alleviate the suffering caused. If we can help even a handful of young people to get back on their feet with the right support, then we are making a difference.”

To donate towards the cause, please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/howardgroup

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