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CEO Sleepout 2019 Raises More Than £40,000!

Business leaders from across the North East have raised a phenomenal £40,000 so far to combat poverty and homelessness in the region – with more funds still to come.

Around 100 participants braved a night sleeping rough at St. James’ Park to raise funds that will be split between Newcastle United Foundation, Changing Lives, and CEO Sleepout UK.

Funds raised from the event will go towards supporting people like Alex. Alex was homeless and unemployed when he was referred to the Foundation. After working with Foundation staff for a few weeks, he was confident enough to take part in a mock interview at Slaley Hall. They were so impressed, they offered him a job in their kitchens, where he is now working towards his dream job of being a chef. You can learn more about Alex’s story here.

The CEO Sleepout takes place at venues across the country and sees businessmen and women spend a night away from the comforts of home. As well as raising the profile of issues around homelessness, the funds raised will aid the delivery of vital projects to help tackle and prevent homelessness.

Volunteers from the Foundation’s volunteering programme and staff from Changing Lives gave up their time to keep the event running smoothly, and ensure everyone was safe on the night.

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We’re delighted by the funds raised by this year’s CEO Sleepout – everyone involved rallied to generate as much support as possible and we’re hugely grateful to them for coming out and taking part.

“The money the Foundation receives helps fund youth programmes that help some of the region’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. Be that through employment opportunities, lifestyle support, or even just giving them a place to enjoy a free game of football.

“I want to say a huge thank you to every single person that took part or donated – as well as to Newcastle United for their support and the use of St. James’ Park.”

Bianca Robinson, CEO at CEO Sleepout, commented “I’m always humbled by the generosity of spirit shown by our Generous Geordies each year. Newcastle’s business leadership community genuinely cares about people who are homeless and in poverty and I can’t thank them enough for being a part of it.”

Jade Brown, Fundraising Manager at Changing Lives, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people come together at the CEO Sleepout in Newcastle earlier this month and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who gave up their bed for the night and to all who sponsored them.

“The money raised will go towards delivering our housing and homelessness services in Newcastle, enabling us to provide support to people experiencing homelessness in our city to help them move out of crisis and towards building a better future for themselves.”


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