CEOs to raise money for Manchester’s homeless

CEO Sleepover

Senior business leaders from Manchester are set to raise money for Manchester’s homeless later this year by sleeping outside for one night and experiencing what it is like to not have a home, in a bid to tackle the city’s homeless problem and raise awareness.

UK based charity CEO Sleep Out is challenging senior executives from some of the city’s leading businesses to brave the October elements and sleep outdoors for a night.

Having raised £67k last year to help combat homelessness, the money raised helped local charities such as MASH and Mustard Tree, who are under increasingly intense pressure as the number of people in need of help rises.

Pitching in and already signed up to take on the elements this October is Peter Pritchard from Pets at Home, Jenna Bowyer from Boohoo, Stella Bowdell from Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Andy Lord from Rethink Group and Clare Turner from Matt & Phreds, amongst others.

The event, taking place at Lancashire County Cricket Club on October 16, will start at 8pm and finish the following morning and will see business leaders faced with the challenge of giving up the comfort of their bed for a night, to help raise funds for those who don’t have one.

Sandy Mitchell from the Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) Foundation said: “This is a great opportunity to raise people’s awareness of homelessness in Manchester and by partnering up with CEO Sleepout UK again we believe we can achieve bigger and better results than the 2016 event and help to raise significant funds for charities that support those in need, day in and day out.”

CEO Sleepout Manchester 2017, is one of 8 ‘sleepouts’ to be staged across the UK this year, with the initiative hoping to raise over £500,000 in total. Since launching in 2013 the charity has seen over 1,000 executives take on the challenge and raised over £1,000,000 to fight homelessness and poverty in the UK.

Andy Preston from CEO Sleepout UK said: “CEO Sleepout UK is delighted to be working with the LCCC Foundation again following last year’s successful event. By engaging with the business community we aim to raise funds to help fight poverty and homelessness in Manchester.”