When you get over 70 caring business people together to do something to tackle Manchester’s overwhelming homelessness issue, great things happen.

On 15th October last year, we held CEO Sleepout Manchester 2018 at Emirates Old Trafford for the third year running. Our business leaders braved a chilly night outdoors, raising funds to fight homelessness.

Together, Manchester’s big hearted business people raised a fantastic c£72,800!

We worked with a number of outstanding charities working with people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and those in poverty, asking them to reach out to their networks and help make CEO Sleepout Manchester 2018 the best one yet. And it worked!

We were delighted to distribute funds to the following:

  • The LCCC Foundation – £24,270.15 for the purpose of working with partner charities and setting up a specific provision using sport for homeless people in Manchester.
  • Mustard Tree Manchester – £8574.76 to support their work in improving wellbeing and creating opportunities for people who have been homeless get qualified and back into employment.
  • MASH Manchester – £3984.03 for their work with female street workers in Manchester.
  • Back On Track Manchester – £5321.33 f0r their work supporting vulnerable people with skills that can lead to employment
  • Walking With the Wounded – £5,000 for their work accommodating and supporting homeless veterans in Manchester
  • We also made a small donation to the Manchester City Mission of £1706.37
  • £24,270.15 will be used by CEO Sleepout UK charity for our national work, and will also support our social enterprise The Fork In the Road Restaurant, training ex offenders, long term unemployed and those in recovery, supporting them to get back into employment.

To help us make an even bigger difference, sign up for CEO Sleepout Manchester, 4 November 2019!

Sandy Mitchell received cheque from Phil Walker, SES Engineering

Sandy Mitchell received cheque from Phil Walker, SES Engineering

Sandy Mitchell of LCCCFoundation presents cheque to Sophie at Mustard Tree

Sandy Mitchell of LCCCFoundation presents cheque to Sophie at Mustard Tree

Stella Bowdell of Manchester Chamber of Commerce presents a cheque to Janelle Hardacre, MASH

Stella Bowdell of Manchester Chamber of Commerce presents a cheque to Janelle Hardacre, MASH

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Colin Gore of Fairholm Group presents a cheque to Sam at Back On Track Manchester

Colin Gore of Fairholm Group presents a cheque to Sam at Back On Track Manchester

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The Charity Beneficiaries and top fundraisers!

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Our top fundraiser, Clare Roberts, presents a cheque to Joel of Walking With The Wounded

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We’ve recently been asked to provide answers to some key questions about CEO Sleepout London, and our events held in other cities across the UK. We though’d we’d share them with you!

 

What is CEO Sleepout?

A charity and national movement where business can join together, giving up their home comforts for one night, sleeping outdoors to show compassionate leadership, and stand in solidarity with people who are trapped into poverty and who are homeless. CEO Sleepout holds events in cities across the UK, in venues like Emirates Old Trafford, St James Park Newcastle, Wembley Stadium, Pompey’s Fratton Park and of course, Lord’s Cricket Ground.

How do you spend the money raised?

In London, we challenge our CEOs and execs to aim for £2000 each, and the vast majority of funds raised will stay local and make a significant difference to our partner charities. In London, funds raised will be distributed amongst 5 charities – House of St Barnabas, Borderline, Street Child United, Walking with the Wounded and CEO Sleepout charity. All of which will use the funds to support their projects with people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or those in extreme poverty.

Is it just one CEO Sleepout event in London?

We run CEO Sleepout events right up and down the country. Evens this year include: Newcastle, York, Portsmouth, Worcester, Durham, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Darlington, London, Middlesbrough, Hull, Northumberland, Harrogate – and a few more which we are in the process of organising. You can see the full list of active events on our homepage.

How many CEOs are taking part in your event?

In London, 100 big-hearted business leaders will sleep out. It differs in other cities. In Manchester for example there will be over 100, and we run some events in smaller cities too and the number of participants reflects that.
What do you actually do? Is it sleeping on the street – that can be pretty dangerous?

CEO Sleepout London has us sleeping in Lord’s Cricket Ground which offers relative safety. We know what we do can never come close to experiencing the sheer terror of what it must be like to be a rough sleeper. But we do 3 amazing things: We raise funds, raise awareness, and gain empathy by giving our home comforts for up one night to help others. That’s a great thing!

How big a problem is rough sleeping in the UK? how many people/ how many in London? Is it getting worse?

Official figures would have you believe the problem is a lot less than it is. And homelessness includes “hidden homeless” such as sofa-surfers -where people are often exploited in return for a place to sleep. Since 2013, homelessness has more than doubled. That is a damning reflection of the direction our society is taking and unacceptable for the 6th richest country in the world.

We’re giving a voice to business, to show leadership on this issue, and show that business cares about inequality and fighting poverty and homelessness. Once a business leader has experienced CEO Sleepout, they come away with a different view, a renewed passion and believe that they are integral to the solution. There are a lot of things that businesses can do to reduce inequality, and we help them find ways to do just that.

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Andy Preston is a businessman and philanthropist who traded in his career as a stockbroker and hedge fund manager to devote his life to helping others. Now the brains behind a number of charities in his hometown of Middlesbrough, Andy works to tackle poverty and give those in need a chance. His work includes setting up a not-for-profit restaurant to provide jobs for the vulnerable and unemployed, as well establishing a dry bar for recovering addicts.

He recently spoke to the North East Times about how his past work has moulded his business acumen and how he continuously strives to be innovative in his charity work, including his idea to make CEO Sleepout its own charity. You can read the full interview here at North East Times.

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Charity event to take place at the Home of Cricket

CEO Sleepout is challenging bosses from companies across London to show their generosity and take part in this year’s event.

On Monday 29th October 2018, business leaders will be literally ‘sleeping out’ at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in a bid to raise money for charities helping in the fight against homelessness and poverty including Street Child United, Borderline and The House of St Barnabas.

Almost £600,000 has been raised by the capital’s business leaders since the inaugural event and hopes are high that London will top the whopping £119,500 fundraising figure achieved by Newcastle’s executives at St James’ Park earlier this year.

Among those taking part in the city’s effort is Prince Islam El-Sawy, who was recently featured in “The Muslim 100 Parliamentary Review Power List, a publication which honours significant individuals from within the British Muslim community. As he gears up to spend a night outside, El Sawy hopes the CEO Sleepout will shine a light on the generosity and will of the business community to make a difference.

El-Sawy who is currently preparing for his Quarter Century in organising and serving the British pilgrims embarking on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, can relate and understand on how it feels to be stripped to the bare necessities.

‘The number of people who are homeless in London is a real shame for our great city and I would like to be part of something positive to try and eradicate it. Although we haven’t come close to experiencing true homelessness, I’m looking forward to the humbling experience of giving up my home comforts for one night to raise awareness and funds that I believe will make a real difference.’

Bianca Robinson from CEO Sleepout UK said: “CEO Sleepout UK is delighted to be working with MCC and the London business community again following last year’s successful event. By engaging business leaders and execs, we aim to raise funds to help fight poverty and homelessness in London”.

Guy Lavender, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC said: “This is a great opportunity to raise people’s awareness of homelessness in London and by partnering up with CEO Sleepout UK again we believe we can better the 2016 & 2017 events and help to raise significant funds for charities that support those in need day in and day out”.

Since its participation in CEO Sleepout London 2017, Borderline has expanded, appointing one additional outreach worker which allows the charity to provide services for another 50 homeless Scots in London.

Shona Fleming, CEO of Borderline said:  “We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to take part again this year, and we couldn’t have considered expanding our current services without the support of CEO Sleepout.”

Founded four years ago by Chairman, Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout events have been held at venues across the country including Wembley Stadium, St James’ Park Newcastle, Old Trafford cricket ground, Alnwick Gardens and The Oval.

Andy Preston who will be joining the sleepers, said: “I am very humbled to see so many business leaders take part in out CEO Sleepout events across the country and I am sure that London will not disappoint.

The sleepouts help to raise money for a number of really worthwhile charities and I hope this year we’re able to raise a record amount.”

If you’re interested in signing up for the CEO Sleepout London more information is here https://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/london/

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Tuesday 29th May 2018 saw the launch of this year’s CEO Sleepout Nottingham event which once again will be held at Meadow Lane, the home of the oldest league football club in the world, Notts County FC on Thursday 11th October 2018.

IN 2016 we began our partnership with Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) to host the event in the Midlands. Choosing local homeless charities the Friary and Emmanuel House as additional beneficiaries of the event, FITC have overseen a fundraising increase from £46,000 in 2016 to a phenomenal £81,000 in 2017.

This year will again see business leaders from across the county and beyond sleep out pitch side at Meadow Lane alongside Notts County FC Chairman Alan Hardy who will be returning to take part again this year.

Notts County Football in the Community’s CEO, Nikki Burley, is looking forward to this year’s event and hopes to see some new faces taking part alongside those that slept under the stars at Meadow Lane in previous years – “The CEO Sleepout is a fantastic initiative to highlight the important issues of homelessness and poverty that still occur on our streets, year after year,”.

“Nottingham raised the highest amount of any city outside of London in 2017 and it would be great to see a record number of people taking part this year to beat last year’s total of over £82,000 in support of Football in the Community, Emmanuel House, The Friary and The CEO Sleepout.”

The launch event saw a host of past and future participants get together and learn more about the four charities and were joined by FITC’s mental health ambassador and Nottingham based singer/songwriter Rob Green as well as three time Olympic swimmer Joanne Jackson both of whom will be battling the elements in October.

Last year’s record breaking event was a huge success and FITC are now looking for more brave and committed individuals, groups and organisations to get involved and make a real difference in the local community.

You can get involved here.

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We are gearing up for the second annual CEO Sleepout in Portsmouth which will be held at Fratton Park on the 4th of April. Portsmouth’s business leaders last year came out in force to fight homelessness and poverty in the City, and together they raised a phenomenal c£45,000!

This year we want to absolutely smash that right out of the park – and we can’t wait to see the CEOs, execs, business owners swap their suits for sleeping bags and bed-down under the stars.

We’re doing it to help local charities – and the work of CEO Sleepout nationally – helping people who need it most.

Last year, we were delighted to distribute funds raised to the following charities working hard to make life a little better for people who are homeless or living in poverty:

Pompey in the Community received £15284 for their work with vulnerable young people, using sport to inspire them to learn, and get back into employment, education or training in Portsmouth.

The Society of St James received £5000 for their supported living accommodation for people who have been homeless in Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Salvation Army Homeless Service received £3000 for their work supporting rough sleepers and those who are homeless or living in poverty.

The Southern Domestic Abuse Service received £1820 for their work supporting women and children escaping domestic violence in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Foodbank received £1820 to help feed local people in crisis.

CEO Sleepout UK received £15284 to continue our national work and help fund our social enterprise, The Fork In The Road Restaurant, providing training and jobs to ex-offenders, long-term unemployed and people in recovery.

To get involved this year, please visit ceosleepoutuk.com/portsmouth and sign up! Let’s show just how caring Portsmouth’s leading lights can be when it comes to tackling homelessness!

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In October 2017, 65 compassionate leaders raised £64,000 to help make a difference in Manchester and beyond – by joining CEO Sleepout Manchester.

This week we presented the funds raised to groups who are fighting hard to reduce poverty and homelessness.

Funds distributed went to:

MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) £16,000
Mustard Tree £9,500
Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation £10,000
Church Housing Trust £2,000
Coffee4Craig C4C Coffee 4 Craig £1,000
Reach out to the Community hub and shop £1,000
Emmeline’s Pantry £1,000
The Boaz Trust £1,000
Greater Together Manchester £1,000
CEO Sleepout charity to fund its national work £21,000

We want to do even more for Manchester at the next  CEO Sleepout Manchester, at Lancashire County Cricket Club on 15th October 2018.

If you’re a business leader who want’s to make a difference, get involved!

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What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

What is CEO Sleepout?

Watch a short film about CEO Sleepout Newcastle below

Hall of Fame

Our biggest fundraisers
  • 1 Lisa Spearman
    Partner, Mercer & Hole
    Milton Keynes
    £1,767
  • 2 David Dees
    Partner / Commercial Solicitor, Heald Solicitors LLP
    Milton Keynes
    £1,215
  • 3 Sylvia Lennon
    Relationship Director, Growthdeck
    Milton Keynes
    £1,179
  • 4 John Cove
    Chair, MK Dons Sport and Education Trust
    Milton Keynes
    £1,163
  • 5 Jeremy Gilbert
    Founder, The Engine Room Consultancy
    Milton Keynes
    £1,007
  • 6 Helen Shay
    In House General Counsel, University of York
    Harrogate
    £344
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