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CEO Sleepout gathers momentum!

Since 2016 homelessness has risen by a staggering 24% ; 1 person in every 600 in the Greater Manchester area now has no permanent roof over their head.

Helping to combat homelessness and poverty across the UK is CEO Sleep Out, a charity that 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.

Speaking on behalf of MASH Helen Clayton commented: ‘MASH provides support to some of the most vulnerable women in Manchester – women sex working (in prostitution) on the streets. Some of the funds raised at CEO Sleepout will help women in real crisis find a home.’

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, being staged at Lancashire County Cricket Club on October 16th, 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 and sleeping out on the cricket pitch, 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.

If you would like to help MASH by taking part find out more here or contact Helen Clayton on to sign-up.

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