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Execs Tackle Homelessness At Newcastle United

Tyneside executives will raise funds for a range of great homelessness charities when they sleep out for the night beside Newcastle Unitedโ€™s pitch at St Jamesโ€™ Park.

The CEO Sleepout 2016 will once again see businessmen and women swap the luxury of their comfortable beds for sleeping bags and layers of clothing as they try to stay warm throughout a cold night on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

In a joint initiative between CEO Sleepout UK and Newcastle United Foundation, up to 50 local business leaders will sleep rough pitchside at St Jamesโ€™ Park. CEO Sleepout chairman Andy Preston said: โ€œโ€œAfter the success of our two previous CEO Sleepout events in Newcastle we wanted to expand this incredible event in 2016. We expect the third event to be even bigger with over 60 senior executives taking part, each aiming to raise ยฃ1,000 for a city where they live, work and do business. We hope to smash last yearโ€™s total and raise ยฃ60,000 in aid of some much needed homelessness causes.โ€

Cash raised during the sponsored sleepout will fund a number of charities that tackle homelessness and its causes on Tyneside including Changing Lives, Newcastle Foodbank and Newcastle United Foundation through their youth programmes.

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation said: โ€œOur youth programmes prepare young people for the transition to adulthood, particularly if they face barriers to education, training and employment or experience disadvantage such as housing, young parenthood or leaving care. The Foundation helps young people develop the skills and confidence they need to be successful in the future and we thank CEO Sleepout for supporting us again this year so we can continue to deliver the programme.โ€

Changing Lives CEO Stephen Bell OBE said: โ€œThe CEO Sleepout raised ยฃ14,000 for Changing Lives last year and it is really important that we keep up this level of fund-raising as belts continue to tighten. We are grateful to the CEO Sleepout and the participants for their continued support.

Changing Lives works with some of the most vulnerable and excluded people in our society, supporting them to make positive changes in their lives, and the sleepout provides a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of homelessness issues and a chance to stop and think about how these issues affect real peoplesโ€™ lives in our region every day. It is important for us not to take home comforts such as food, warmth and a safe bed for granted.โ€

Abu Ali, Corporate Finance Manager at Quantum Corporate Finance Limited who has recently signed up to the CEO Sleepout committee said: โ€œIt is great to be involved in the CEO Sleepout event for the third time. Homelessness in the city is a problem that needs to be addressed and the sleepout is a fantastic way to raise vital funds and tackle this issue. I am thrilled to be part of the CEO Sleepout committee again to raise both money and awareness for such a worthy cause.โ€

To sign up for the CEO Sleepout 2016 or for more details contact Sarah Medcalf at sarah.medcalf@nufc.co.uk

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