A record audience of more than 850 property professionals attended the eleventh annual Crypt Factor singing competition in March and helped to raise a total of £78,000 for St George’s Crypt and The Leeds Fund. The show’s organising committee and main sponsors comprised Bruntwood, Gent Visick and Pinsent Masons. TheBusinessDesk.com was the event’s media partner and it was also supported by Candid PR.
The money will make a big difference to The Leeds Fund and the St George’s Crypt Development Company, which has applied for planning permission to build 23 apartments on Hedley Chase in New Wortley, and the money will help to fund this project. If planning is successful, the scheme will be developed in partnership with Leeds City Council, which will finance up to 30% of the capital costs through its Right to Buy Replacement Programme. The development will offer a low cost alternative to the private rented sector to those most in need of housing, with support coming through St George’s Crypt and onsite facilities for assisting residents back into work.
The Leeds Fund is using the money to support a range of local organisations, including Luv2meetU, which is a friendship and dating project for adults with learning disabilities and autism. The Fund is also working with Red Road Allotments, adding secure fencing and cameras, as well as converting an old garage into a learning space for children. The Fund is also supporting the fast growing Tea and Tolerance, which is a participatory art installation that encourages people to talk, think and do imaginative things with each other in order to overcome worries and fears.
Organising committee member, Craig Burrow from Bruntwood, added “Crypt Factor is all about creating a standout, memorable night and raising huge sums of money for deserving local organisations in Leeds. To see how the event is having such a positive and far-reaching impact is wonderful, and it’s all thanks to the spirit and generosity of the region’s property industry that continually supports it with such vigour and enthusiasm every year.”
It has been fantastic to be part of such a great event. We look forward to working with the organising committee and St George’s Crypt next year to raise more money to support a range of community projects across the city, to ensure they can continue to help make a positive difference to local people’s lives.
Next year’s Crypt Factor will take place on 1st March 2018 and will continue to support The Leeds Fund and St George’s Crypt. Anyone who wants further information, or to express an interest in singing, can email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the event on twitter @cryptfactor.