On 25 September, 75 members of Cushman & Wakefield’s London Markets team scaled 1.17km in the 7 Towers Challenge in aid of the London based Charity, XLP, raising a huge £66,000 so far.
In addition to the funds raised by the London Market’s team, Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory team completed a 160 mile cycle from London to Paris raising £12,000 – producing a combined total of £78,000.
XLP is a charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work. It is about creating positive futures for young people from difficult backgrounds, working with them in their schools and in the communities where they live.
XLP runs a community bus project, XL-R8, which currently has two specially modified double decker buses that travel to 17 different estates each week, targeting areas with little or no facilities for young people.
One of the many issues XLP is tackling is the perceived need of some young people to carry knives. Incidences of knife crime and the confiscations of weapons has increased dramatically in recent months leaving young people, their parents and community leaders in need of support - a third bus is urgently needed to reach further inner London communities.
In support of this worthy cause, Cushman and Wakefield’s London Markets team set itself the challenge of climbing the equivalent height of four times the Eiffel Tower, in a route that consisted of London’s most iconic towers including; 20 Fenchurch Street, City Tower, City Point, Broadgate Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, Tower 42 and One Canada Square.
Digby Flower, Cushman & Wakefield’s Chair of UK and Ireland, commented, “It’s really important that we support those in our local communities. XLP already does a fantastic job in working with young people in deprived inner city areas, but many more are in need of such support. It was a fantastic team effort and we are thrilled to have gone above and beyond the original target of £60,000, helping to provide XLP with the funds needed to the get a third bus up and running and much more.”
Patrick Regan, CEO and founder of XLP, has worked in the field for 20 years, and commented, ”From nearly 20 years of experience working with some of the most hard to reach young people, we at XLP know only too well the tragic consequences of young people carrying knives. More than most, we have seen the pain and suffering it can bring.
“As a society we need to deal with the complex issues that cause youth violence. That is why we are committed to developing long term relationships with young people which allows trust to develop. Out of that trust comes the belief that they can achieve real change in their lives and in their communities. We have seen that happen for many young people and with the help of Cushman & Wakefield we will be able to work with many more.”
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