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Office 'night out' with a difference for CEO Sleepout under the stars at St. James' Park

Entrepreneurs, business leaders and bosses will be swapping their warm beds for a night sleeping under the stars to help tackle homelessness as the CEO Sleepout returns to St. James’ Park with Newcastle United Foundation.

The ever-popular CEO Sleepout Newcastle will return to the home of Newcastle United Football Club on Thursday, March 26th, 2020, running overnight from 8pm until 6.30am.

With temperatures expected to be hovering around freezing in the stadium, dozens of executives will be braving the cold to support remarkable North East charities working to reduce poverty.

Phenomenal figures have been raised during the CEO Sleepout Newcastle in previous years, spurred on by a digital leader board encouraging friendly competition between teams taking part.

Last year, more than £44,000 was raised for charities and organisations across Newcastle including Changing Lives, providing guidance to people in crisis who face eviction from accommodation or losing their home.

Changing Lives build futures for vulnerable people and families by making positive and lasting changes towards a fulfilling life. Funds raises during the sponsored sleepout will be split between Newcastle United Foundation, Changing Lives and CEO Sleepout, and a small number of Tyneside charities.

The trio of charities are looking for 50 teams led by senior business executives to help fundraise £50,000.

Caroline Brown, Newcastle United Foundation Events Manager, said: “Our next CEO Sleepout Newcastle will be the perfect opportunity to honour Changing Lives’ decades of helping and supporting people in the North East.

“The Sleepout at St. James’ Park has become a much-anticipated fixture in the region’s fundraising calendar and we’re looking forward to hopefully welcome a record number of peoples to this year’s event.

“If you’ve taken part before you know it’s a really special night and we would love to welcome you back again!”

Newcastle United Foundation uses generous donations to support the Street Football programme. These free weekly sessions engage vulnerable young people and adults who are currently facing homelessness, recovering from drug and alcohol addictions or dealing with mental health issues.

Participants are encouraged to get involved in the Foundation’s Employability programmes to support their transitions back into paid employment. Funds also support coaching, mentoring, education and opportunities in communities in need.

Caroline added: “It’s really important that we continue to grow this event so the Foundation and Changing Lives can help even more people – in our case by offering employability support and access to participate in our Street Football sessions.”

CEO Sleepout UK was founded in 2013 in the North East to help give the business community a small insight into the lives of those living hand-to-mouth without a home to call their own.

Each participant pledges to raise £1,000 for the cause and teams of colleagues are encouraged to join in to really experience an office night out with a difference.

Colleagues interested in more information or signing up to the CEO Sleepout Newcastle being held in St. James’ Park in March 2020 can visit ceosleepoutuk.com/newcastle

For more information
Email caroline.brown@nufc.co.uk

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