Tyneside Executives that took part in this year’s CEO Sleepout at St James’ Park have raised a whopping £90,000 for homeless causes in the region.
Over 70 businessmen and women slept rough at the home of Newcastle United last month with their fundraising efforts making this CEO Sleepout event the most successful outside of London.
Funds raised will support Newcastle United Foundation’s Homeless Football and youth programmes, Changing Lives and CEO Sleepout UK.
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We’re absolutely amazed by the funds raised by this year’s CEO Sleepout cohort – they really have rallied to generate as much support as possible and we’re very grateful to them for their incredible effort.
“The money the Foundation receives helps fund youth programmes that help prepare some of the region’s most disadvantaged young people for the transition into adulthood as well as supplying Employability and Lifestyle support. We’re also able to continue to run football sessions for the homeless to encourage those who may feel isolated to re-engage with the local community.
“I want to say a huge thank you to every single person that took part or donated – you have made such a difference to so many people that we work with.”
Stephen Bell, CEO of Changing Lives added: “This is fantastic news. The big hearted efforts of business leaders in the North East will make a real difference locally. They got a taste of what it is like to be cold and exposed for a night. The experience of that lingers and reinforces how important it is that we are there to support rough sleepers in the city so that they get the help that they need and so that they don’t need to spend a second night out on the streets”
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