Capita’s specialist meetings and events brand NYS has raised over £3,100 for UK charity Buses 4 Homeless, a low-cost holistic solution to homelessness.
The events team took part in a sponsored sleep out, an initiative supported and led by Buses 4 Homeless. The funds raised will go towards refurbishing decommissioned buses into spaces for eating, sleeping, wellbeing and learning in order to re-engage homeless people back into the community.
The team met the founder met of Buses 4 Homeless, Dan Atkins, earlier in the year. Jason Cardy, Event Director at NYS, said: “His determination and courage to set up this ambitious project really inspired us – it’s a great cause with a long-term goal. Over 3,000 people sleep rough in London alone – which is a shocking amount – and we wanted to support a cause. The money will enable Buses 4 Homeless to contribute towards the fit out of the Bus 4 Dining with a commercial kitchen on the lower level, teaching rough sleepers how to prepare and cook nutritious meals for themselves and other homeless people within the community.”
Caroline Medcalf, Director of Events at NYS, said: “It was a brilliant event, a great opportunity for team building and supporting a fantastic cause that all of the team are passionate about. We were delighted to be a part of the first-ever sleepout for Buses 4 Homeless and it was great to hear from Dan first hand why the work he is doing is so important. I am incredibly grateful to Jason for not only highlighting this great charity to us, but also for organising the whole thing. The fact we hit our target is the icing on the cake!”
Atkins praised the team for their dedication to the initiative: “It’s good to see energy and passion put into Buses 4 Homeless and raising awareness of everything we do. Well done to the team for sticking it out and I’m overwhelmed by funds that the team have achieved – this will go towards helping finalise the buses so that the team and myself can provide many vital services that people rely on to feel part of the community again.”
If you would like to sponsor Buses 4 Homeless, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ctebuses4homeless