Earlier this month five Greenland UK members of staff took part in a charity event called Sleep Walk for Shelter, a 10-kilometre (6.2 miles) night walk through London. 3500 supporters braved the winter elements to raise awareness and make a stand against homelessness.
The Greenland staff who participated had hoped to raise £400, but exceeded their target by more than 50%, raising a total of £620. Greenland UK contributed £150 to the total.
According to charity Shelter, homelessness in the UK is at its highest rate since 2006. Shelter puts on several events throughout the year to fundraise, and money goes towards helping people affected by homelessness and bad housing. The BBC has reported that 320,000 people will be without a home this Christmas in the UK, and that more than 40% of this figure will be children.
The Sleepwalk event started from 6pm with people joining staggered. The walk started and finished at Waterloo, and took about 3 hours to complete. The Greenland staff started and finished the walk together. Many iconic London sights were passed, including Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, and Shelter supporters cheered the walkers along the route.
More than £600,000 was raised from this event. If you’d like to donate, please go to Greenland’s Just Giving page here.