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CEO Sleepout Raises £110,000!

Business leaders from across the North East raised an incredible £110,000 to combat poverty and homelessness in the region.

Almost one hundred 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.

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 help fund vital funds for projects that will help tackle and prevent homelessness.

Volunteers from Tesco Bank gave up their time to register volunteers on the night, which was greatly appreciated.

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We’re absolutely astounded 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.”

Jo Curry, Executive Director at Changing Lives, added, “We were thrilled that so many business leaders stepped up to the challenge on Thursday. We are grateful for the generosity of their supporters. Changing Lives will use the money raised to support homeless people in and around Newcastle to move out of crisis and to build a better future for themselves and their families “

Bianca Robinson, national coordinator at CEO Sleepout, commented: “All of our participants have done something truly incredible by sleeping out with us last Thursday. Although they know that what they experienced for one night doesn’t come close to the true horrors faced by those who are forced to sleep rough with little access to life’s basic necessities, they did give up a warm bed and one night of comfort to raise funds that will help their fellow human beings in the great city of Newcastle. That shows the true spirit of the city and marks it as one of the UK’s most generous cities, whose business leadership community visibly takes action to reduce inequality.”


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