CEO Sleepout, a national charity set up to fight homelessness and poverty, challenged bosses from companies across London and is well on the way to achieving its £100,000 target. The sleepout was held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in north-west London and business leaders slept out, on one of the coldest nights this year, in a bid to raise money and awareness of the rising poverty crisis in the UK. Founded in 2015 by Chairman Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout events have been held across the UK, including eight sleep out events to come this year.
This year, CEO Sleepout has partnered with Walking with the Wounded to bring together fundraisers to spend a night under the stars and experience a fraction of what those without homes go through, every night.
Some of the other charities benefitting from the funds raised include Street Child United, Borderline and The House of St Barnabas.
CEO Sleepout’s National Coordinator, Bianca Robinson, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we received from London business leaders and are so grateful for the generosity of everyone who’s donated to this incredible cause.
“Sleeping outside on one of the coldest nights this year was very testing and I’d like to say a special thank you to all those who participated. We’re aiming to reach £100,000 in donations from the business people of London, which will be truly life changing for those who are struggling with homelessness and poverty.”
Andy Preston, Chairman and Founder of CEO Sleepout, said: “I am very humbled to see so many business leaders take part in out CEO Sleepout events across the country.
“The business people of London have well and truly pulled together, and their efforts will not be forgotten.”
West London participants included:
Alan Rees – Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Brian Whittaker – Street Child united, Clive Couzens – Street Child Cricket World Cup, Deanna Tutty – Cognacity, Dan Makenzie – Steensen Varming, Daniel Leon – Square Feet Architects, Dayo Olomu – Dayo Olomu Foundation, Ed Clayton – MCC, Gordon Hollins – England + Wales Cricket Board, Hugh Pym – BBC News, Jack Ferguson – Arsenal FC, Malcom Lindop – AC Group, Mark Strachan – Whitecar, Martin Evans – Street Child, Olivia Frost – MCC, Pete Allsopp – Hostile Risk Management, Philip Lambert – Lambert Energy Advisory, Prince El-Sawy – El-Sawy Travel, Raj Tulsiani – Green Park, Ricky Reynolds – MCC, Rob Russell – AC Group, Robert Curphey – MCC, Ronak Patel – TwinCopyPrint Solutions, Samantha Love – MCC Foundation, Dinesh Salvaraj – MCC, Gianni Buttice – Street Child, Guy Lavender – MCC, Bruce Simpson – Haka UK and John Wroe – Street Child.