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BRISTOL, January 27 2016 – The team at property consultancy JLL in Bristol has raised a grand total of £12,000 for homelessness charity Julian Trust.The organisation was JLL Bristol’s charity of the year in 2016.The JLL team raised the sum over the course of the year by hosting a range of different fundraising events, including the Contractors’ Quest in September – a treasure hunt around Clifton for the contractors employed by JLL. This event alone raised over £8,000.Richard Drake, treasurer at Julian Trust, said: "Julian Trust volunteers have been providing emergency shelter to homeless people for 30 years funded entirely by donations from the public.“On top of generous donations of food and clothing it still costs us about £1500 per week to run the shelter, so a generous donation such as that from JLL will pay our running costs for a couple of months.“It is a great shame to society that we need to provide such shelters for homeless people who would otherwise be on our streets but it is encouraging that the public respond so generously to their immediate needs."Simon Peacock, head of the Bristol office of JLL, said: “Julian Trust is a fantastic charity that makes a real difference to people’s lives. We are thrilled we’ve been able to raise £12,000 for this worthwhile cause and are grateful to everyone involved in making these fundraising activities happen.”JLL also held a bake-off, ‘dress down’ days, a pool night, ‘Olympics’ and Euro sweepstake, among other activities.In 2017, JLL Bristol’s charity of the year will be Smile for Siddy, a Bristol charity supporting children with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer.Some of the JLL team will be doing a cycling challenge from Bristol to Dublin as part of the events for 2017.
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