A charity old-school games night, held on the evening of Tuesday 28th February at the home of New London Architecture, raised a fantastic £3,700 for LandAid MIPIM Tennis Classic participants Michelle Haywood and Emma Jefferson, who are dubbing themselves ‘The Navratilovas’ for the tournament.
The event saw around 200 people take part in a range of party favourites, including Jenga, table tennis, Wii tennis and Operation alongside a prize raffle draw and a drinks bar. Attendees could also try their hand at coffee making and building the highest lego tower in a minute (with only one hand!). In attendance was one of the founding partners of #MakeARacket, Martin Skinner, CEO of Inspired Homes who generously donated a ping pong table as a prize for the winners of the longest rally.
Paul Morrish, CEO at LandAid welcomed guests and stressed the importance of fundraising events such as this. “We have a really huge crisis on our hands. About 80,000 young people will experience youth homelessness in this country. We’re supported by about 120 companies which means that all the costs of running the charity gets sorted. Everything that you raise goes towards making a difference for young people to bring accommodation back into use from empty properties around the country.”
“Over the next 3 years, we’re planning to do our best to raise £8.75 million and to bring 450 bed spaces back into use. So as you play Jenga, and Ping Pong and so on, that money, that effort, that enjoyment will help us make a difference tackling youth homelessness in this country.”
The LandAid MIPIM Tennis Classic 2017, a round robin doubles tennis tournament will take place between 9am and 12pm on Wednesday 15th March at Cannes Tennis Club. To register to play or spectate please click here.