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Bristol Rotary club raises awareness of youth homelessness

Thursday 26 November 2015

The Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast’s Corporate Charity Christmas Quiz raised over £1,500 for 1625 Independent People.

The aim of the event was to increase awareness and support in the local business community about the growing issue of youth homelessness.

Nineteen teams from Bristol’s business sector took part in the Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast Christmas Quiz which was sponsored by TFT Consultants, Amarelle Ltd, Key Transport Consultants Ltd, Metek UK and hosted by the award winning Brasserie Blanc.

The winners of the 2015 Charity Quiz (seen above) were law firm Burges Salmon, with TFT Consultants (below left) following in second place and Solsoft Technology (below right) taking third place. Well done to all!

Richard Owen, Partner at Burges Salmon LLP (#winners) said

"Whilst we were delighted to win the quiz, the real winners were the Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast and 1625ip for organising such a successful evening, and for raising awareness and funds for the sterling work of 1625ip.  Our thanks go to both. "


They faced stiff competition from the other formidable companies:

Duncan Lawrie Private Banking Metek UK Ltd
Ramboll Environ UK Limited TasteTech Ltd
Key Transport Consultants Keystone Law
Silcock Dawson & Partners Ltd Tandy Electrical
Veale Wasbrough Vizards Bevan Britton LLP
Barry Robertson Osborne Clarke
Gregg Latchams  

Photos of all the teams and the event can be seen on the Independent People Facebook page

Paul Spaven, Chair of Fundraising at RCBB and Partner at TFT Consultants said

“Such a fun evening at the Rotary Club of Bristol’s Corporate Christmas quiz – lots of smiles - combined with raising awareness in the Bristol Business community of the great work of 1625ip. And raising some money to help fund that great work”

Dawn Taylor, 1625ip Operations Director spoke to the teams about the realities which some young people face today in terms of lack of affordable housing, jobs and opportunities to succeed in life.

The event came as Centrepoint UK’s latest research Beyond Statutory Homelessness suggests a staggering 150,000 young people “presented as homeless or at risk of homelessness” in the UK in 2013/14. This is almost twice the commonly used figure of 80,000 which only reflects the those who were actually accepted for assistance.
The report suggests many are being turned away for not having sufficient support need, which is where charities like 1625 Independent People and others in the voluntary sector are stepping in.

The RCBB has supported 1625ip over many years including the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival which raised over £15,000 for the charity in 2014, as well as supporting hundreds of other local and international charities.

Dawn Taylor said

“It's brilliant that we have great businesses in Bristol who are willing to contribute to the communities where they operate. The Rotary are experts at bringing people together and helping them to really make a difference in a fun and engaging way. They show time and time again that together – the private, public and voluntary sectors - can alleviate real social issues. Thank you to everyone who took part, the RCBB particularly and everyone who supported and helped organise such a fabulous evening “


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More Information

Contact: Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager

Tel:  0117 317 8800 / 07956 306 492
Email: pilar.garcia@1625ip.co.uk

All photos by the fabulous Mark Simmons Photography

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