Bosses to sleep out in the cold to raise awareness and money to fight homelessness (From The Northern Echo)
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Bosses to sleep out in the cold to raise awareness and money to fight homelessness
2:43pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
BUSINESS leaders will swap comfortable beds for a night living rough to highlight the plight of the region’s homeless.
Up to 60 CEOs and directors will camp out in sleeping bags on Thursday night (October 17) at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.
CEO Sleepout, organised by the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, is in memory of aspiring Newcastle film-maker Lee Halpin, 26, who died while sleeping rough for a documentary.
A sleepout at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium in March raised more than £30,000 for the charity’s work on homelessness.
Among the participants are Newcastle United finance director John Irving, David Halfacre, chairman of Durham-based Esh Property Services and Paul Tanney, CEO of not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing, which has 5,000 properties across the region.
Mr Tanney said: “The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North-East is increasing year-on-year.
“We need to do all that we can to raise awareness of the problem and help to prevent more people from becoming homeless.
“The benefit changes coupled with reduced government funding for housing means it will be increasingly difficult to tackle the region’s homelessness crisis.
“No matter how uncomfortable the ‘sleep out’ may be, it will only be for one night. I’m pleased to be taking part to raise awareness about the plight of homeless people across our region.”
The event is being supported by the Newcastle United Foundation and the charity CEO Sleepout UK.
To sponsor Mr Tanney visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Tanney To donate to CEO Sleepout UK visit: https://www.justgiving.com/donation/direct?process=1&queryId=YwBoAGEAcgBpAHQAeQA9ADIANAA1ADUAMgA0AA
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