Friday, 18 January 2013

January 2013 CRASH Press Release - Sixteen South West Ltd

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PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

FORWARD THINKING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SUPPORTS INDUSTRY’S HOMELESSNESS CHARITY CRASH

Sixteen South West Ltd (www.sixteensouthwest.co.uk), a fresh and innovative south of the river based construction company, is supporting construction and property industry charity CRASH (Construction Relief and Assistance for Single Homeless, www.crash.org.uk) with their work to help homeless people throughout the capital.

This assistance is in line with Sixteen South West’s commitment to raising awareness for social responsibility by giving something back to the community. CRASH was chosen because of its practical and industry leading approach to tackling the issues of homelessness in London.

Sixteen South West’s Keshava Raghubeer says; “Having a roof over our heads is something we probably all take for granted and in the current financial climate people can lose their homes in a flash. So because we believe that the key to helping our country out of this fiscal bad period is prosperity in the community, we have chosen to work with CRASH to do what we can for London’s homeless.”

According to the CHAIN database 5,678 people slept rough in London at some point during 2011-12, this is an increase of 43% on the previous year’s total of 3,975. Of the 5,678, 3,825 people were new rough sleepers, a 62 % increase compared to 2010-11. 1,199 people were seen sleeping rough for two or more years, a rise of 11 % since 2010-11, and 654 have returned to rough sleeping after a gap of a year or more, an increase of 22 per cent since 2010-11. These statistics depict the harsh realism that homelessness is on the rise and more should be done.

Emma Brophy from CRASH says; “CRASH is a unique and practical charity addressing the issues of homelessness by channeling the expertise, products and generosity of the construction and property industry to improve emergency night shelters, hostels, day and training centres and move on accommodation for frontline homeless agencies.  We do this by providing pro-bono on-site professional expertise, sourcing free building materials from patron and supporting companies and by awarding cash grants. CRASH receives no government funding.  As an industry charity we rely entirely on companies and individuals within the construction and property sector for support.”

Examples of CRASH’s work can be viewed on their website at www.CRASH.org.uk.



Sixteen South West Ltd press contact and interview requests:

Keshava Raghubeer
0203 478 0923