Our patron Jon Snow welcomed London’s top property CEOs to New Horizon at the end of February, for a charity breakfast aimed both at raising money for our work with homeless young people and discussing solutions to the chronic lack of emergency accommodation in the capital.

Leaders from Galliard Homes, Cain International, O’Shea, Fairview New Homes and Weston Homes were among the senior property figures who gathered for the breakfast, while Jon Snow highlighted the vital services New Horizon provides to London’s many vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

Mark Pollack of Aston Chase and Chris Kane of Six Ideas

Mark Pollack of Aston Chase and Chris Kane of Six Ideas

Preparing the breakfast for the centre’s young clients, developers gained first-hand insight into the crisis of youth homelessness, before making pledges to fund New Horizon’s vital work with those affected. In a great boost all donations raised at the breakfast event were doubled by one generous individual who agreed to match donations up to £150,000.

After serving breakfast attendees discussed potential solutions to the lack of emergency accommodation which leaves many young people street homeless. The group also reviewed Morris + Company’s winning submission to NHYC’s architectural competition last year, which reimagined a disused tube station as a mix of shelter accommodation and longer-term live/work space, part-funded by an on-site charity shop.

Jon Snow commented: “I hosted this charity breakfast to raise new funds for New Horizon Youth Centre to continue its vital work. The generous donations from London’s leading property developers have further supported the centre’s mission to help every vulnerable or disadvantaged Londoner we can.”

Our CEO Phil Kerry added: “New Horizon Youth Centre supports up to 60 young Londoners per day with everything they need to create positive futures. The charity breakfast has aided our ongoing corporate fundraising initiative, and it was fantastic for our young visitors to meet and talk with so many prominent figures of the property industry.”

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Mark Pollack, Chris Kane, Phil Kerry, Gary Fitzpatrick, StephenConway, Jon Snow, Rory O'Connor, Jerome Geoghegan and Jonathan Goldstein

Stephen Conway, Executive Chairman of Galliard Homes commented: “I was pleased to attend the charity breakfast at New Horizon Youth Centre, to meet and try to support those most affected by homelessness. The opportunity to help these young Londoners and hear first-hand their experiences highlights how essential this day centre is a cause that deserves our full support.”    

Jonathan Goldstein of Cain International serves breakfast to Tomas

Jonathan Goldstein of Cain International serves breakfast to Tomas 

Polina Pencheva, Project Architect at Morris+Company commented: “The lack of purpose-built, dignified accommodation for the homeless puts mounting pressures on charities such as New Horizon who provide housing advice and general support to homeless young people. We believe our proposal for a new mixed-use scheme of a homeless shelter for the young, alongside shared living for 25-35 year olds with associated co-work space and a public charity shop is a realistic future development model. We are delighted to support this fundraising initiative which enables New Horizon to continue their invaluable support work and bring projects such as Stepping Stones to the forefront of debate.”

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