Principality. Where home matters.
11 November 2016
Principality swap savings for sleeping rough to raise money for homeless charity
More than 40 Principality Building Society staff members swapped savings accounts for sleeping bags at the annual ‘Sleep Out’ event organised by charity Llamau, raising money for homeless people across Wales.
Staff from Wales’ largest building society joined hundreds of others at Cardiff City Stadium on 10th November to sleep under the stars for the night, raising awareness and just over £2,500 for the homeless charity.
‘Sleep Out’ aims to demonstrate the discomfort of trying to sleep on cardboard boxes on a hard, cold floor during the winter to give people an insight of what it’s like to be homeless.
Earlier this year Principality pledged its support to Llamau by choosing it as one of its three charities of the year and has already raised more than £30,000 for them.
The fundraising efforts will allow Llamau to provide accommodation, work placements, training and mental health support, as well as helping young homeless people in the hardest to reach areas. This comes at a time when Llamau has announced they helped over 8144 people last year, a 56% increase from the year before.
Members of Principality’s senior team, customer director Julie Ann-Haines and finance director Steve Hughes joined colleagues from across the organisation.
Julie-Ann Haines said: “The fact that more than 40 colleagues from across the business are sleeping under the stars tonight is testament to how seriously the team support our charities of the year.
“We’ve not only raised money to safeguard Llamau’s work but I’m sure staff will take their experience tonight back to their various teams and communities. I hope this event will have a lasting impact and increase our understanding of the issue of homelessness.”
Principality Building Society also sponsored the event.