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Our 50th anniversary celebrations continued this month with our corporate launch event, aimed at building relationships with companies and organisations who can support our fight against youth homelessness.

Generously hosted by the Rotunda Restaurant in King’s Place the breakfast event attracted attendees including Ireland's Ambassador in London Daniel Mulhall and representatives from Google Europe, Eurostar, Youtube, The British Library, The Guardian and many others.

Guests listened attentively as speeches were given by our patron Jon Snow, chair Nick Hardwick, CEO Shelagh O'Connor and Anthony Pender from Yummy Pubs, one of our valued corporate partners who have provided great opportunities for our homeless young people. A short documentary produced by Lewis Khan in collaboration with NHYC staff highlighted the hidden nature of youth homelessness, the related dangers of sofa-surfing to stay off the streets and encouraged companies to adopt us as their charity of the year, becoming part of our '50th Club' in the process.

A key element of the event was the sofa we’re using to draw attention to the epidemic of ‘hidden homeless’ young people caught in a cycle of sofa surfing – 75% of those we support are in this situation and not visible on the streets. Guests were encouraged to have photos taken on the sofa and to post to social media with our campaign hashtags #sofachange and #NHYC50. As you can see in the photos below this was a popular activity! A special thanks to Youtube for the photos below...

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