Calling all big-hearted Teesside business owners, directors and senior executives – we need your help in the fight against local poverty and homelessness.
Last year Tees Business organised a hugely successful event for Middlesbrough-based national charity CEO Sleepout, raising £45,000 for Teessiders in need of a helping hand.
On November 2, we’re doing it all again!
We’re looking for Teesside business leaders who are willing to get sponsored to give up the comfort of their own bed for just one night sleeping under the stars.
Tees Business co-editors Dave Allan and Martin Walker are organising what promises to be another memorable fundraising event for CEO Sleepout.
Following last year’s successful event on the outdoor Victorian Street within Preston Park Museum, Stockton Council has again agreed to make the unique setting available for an event that is sure to make a lasting impact on all participants.
Fundraisers are allowed to bring along a sleeping bag and mat, while warm clothes are recommended. There will also be access to hot drinks and toilets throughout the night.
Last year’s event helped to launch The Fork in the Road restaurant, a not-for-profit project that also funds a dry bar, Bar Zero, for the local recovery community. Both The Fork in the Road and Bar Zero provide training and job opportunities for long-term unemployed Teessiders, including ex-offenders, recovering addicts and those affected by homelessness.
Proceeds from the 2017 event will help to fund the creation of Fork in the Road apprenticeships for long-term unemployed Teessiders, including ex-offenders, recovering addicts and those who may have been affected by homelessness.
CEO Sleepout UK is a national fundraising phenomenon that has already raised more than £1 million to fight homelessness and poverty around the country.
Since the first CEO Sleepout outside Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium in 2013, business leaders have slept rough at a range of landmark venues, including Wembley Stadium, The Oval, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Newcastle’s St James Park, Birmingham’s Villa Park and Everton FC’s Goodison Park in Liverpool.
Dave said: “This is an opportunity to spend a night alongside your business peers doing something extraordinary to help make Teesside a fairer place.
“We were delighted by the response we got from Teesside business people last year but we want even more business leaders to raise even more cash this time around.