Every year staff from across all our six offices take on a series of challenges which this year will include hiking the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, gorge scrambling in Church Beck and canoeing around the shores of Coniston Water.
In keeping with Mills & Reeve’s support for ending homelessness and its focus on diversity, the charity for this year is the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), the UK’s leading national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity. AKT provide invaluable support and safe accommodation to vulnerable young people, helping them to escape abusive and unsafe environments. The charity also equips them with the skills and finances to help them move into independent living.
One in four young people at risk of homelessness identify as LGBTQ+. Compared to youth in general, LGBTQ+ young people are at a significantly higher risk of exposure to a range of experiences that are associated with becoming homeless, most notably parental rejection, physical violence, emotional abuse and mental ill health.
Justin Ripman, Senior Partner at Mills & Reeve said: “AKT really do make a tangible difference: they manage to find safe accommodation for 88% of the young people who they support. This is a tremendous charity that ensures that young people do not have to choose between being who they are and living without fear.
“It’s a great opportunity for our staff to experience new things and challenge themselves personally, whilst at the same time raising a significant amount of money for this great charity.”
The Mills & Reeve Cycle Club is also getting involved with an adventure of their own, cycling from London to Paris in the same weekend.
Last year’s challenge raised over £23,000 for Bloodwise which funds world-class research into all types of blood cancers.
If you would like to donate, please visit our JustGiving page.