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CEO Sleepout 2019 Launches

Newcastle United Foundation is excited to confirm that the CEO Sleepout at St. James’ Park will return in 2019, taking place on Thursday 21st March.

Tyneside executives will once again raise funds for a range of remarkable homelessness charities when they sleep out for the night aiming to beat the fundraising efforts of last year’s cohorts, who raised a phenomenal £110,000, continuing Newcastle’s reputation as the largest Sleepout event outside London.

Funds raised during the sponsored sleepout will be split between Newcastle United Foundation, Changing Lives and CEO Sleepout UK, and a number of smaller local charities working at the front line of poverty and homelessness will also benefit.

Newcastle United Foundation utilises the funds to support its Homeless Football Club, as well as supporting community engagement programmes delivered in the community.  Over 80 vulnerable young people and adults who are currently facing homelessness, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, or facing mental health issues participate in our weekly homeless football sessions.

The Foundation also encourages participants to get involved in their Employability programmes to support their transition back into employment.   The funds raised also help us continue to coach, mentor, educate and provide opportunities to communities that really need them.

The funds raised during last year’s CEO Sleepout event are helping Changing Lives provide guidance to people in crisis, such that they avoid becoming homeless. Addressing the financial issues, that without their intervention and encouragement, service users would have great difficulty navigating the solutions available to them, which ultimately would have resulted in them being evicted/becoming homeless.

Yvette Thompson, Communications and Events Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “CEO Sleepout is a special event.  It is really eye opening – even in a safe environment you feel exposed.

“It really puts into perspective how someone sleeping out the streets must feel. For business executives to give up an evening of their time and fundraise to support the most vulnerable people in our community is hugely appreciated.  And the funds raised make a huge difference.”

Jill Watkin of Changing Lives added: “The CEO Sleepout in Newcastle is consistently one of the biggest and best in the UK, and Changing Lives are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries.

“The money raised by the generous Geordie business community helps fund our housing and homelessness services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the city, providing the most vulnerable in our community with opportunities to build a better future.”

CEO Sleepout is a charity and national movement. Sleepout events are held across the UK which aim to make a significant difference to the lives of those who trapped in the grip of poverty and homelessness. Funds raised also support CEO Sleepout’s own charity restaurant, The Fork In The Road, to train and develop the long term unemployed, people in recovery from addiction, or ex-offenders, helping to break the cycle of homelessness.

Andy Preston, Chair and founder of CEO Sleepout UK commented: “Newcastle stands out by a mile as the most passionate and compassionate city we work in. I’ve no doubt that CEO Sleepout 2019 in Newcastle will smash previous fundraising records and allow us to do even more great work.”

Any business leaders that would like more information, or would like to sign up, should visit http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/newcastle/ or contact Yvette Thompson at Newcastle United Foundation (Yvette.thompson@nufc.co.uk)


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