Directors sign up to sleep rough

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More than 30 Teesside business owners, directors and senior executives have already signed up to sleep rough for a night in the fight against local poverty and homelessness – but more are needed.

Tees Business is looking for local business owners, directors and senior executives to take part in the next CEO Sleepout event on the night of Thursday, May 12.

Tees Business editor Martin Walker (above, right) of Mantis Media and Dave Allan (left) of DNA PR & Publicity are organising CEO Sleepout, what promises to be an amazing fundraising event, on the night of Thursday May 12.

With the generous support of Stockton Council, we’ve secured the unique setting of the Victorian Street at Preston Park Museum.

Participants are allowed to bring along a sleeping bag, while warm clothes are recommended. There will also be access to hot drinks and toilets throughout the night.

Those who’ve already signed up to take part include the former Mrs Bannatyne, Joanne McCue (cover star of the latest Tees Business) plus all four directors of our principal media partners, Applied Integration.

Others include Claire Preston, managing director of newly-crowned Teesside Small Business of the Year Sound Training, tech and engineering entrepreneur Alastair Waite and Paul Griffiths, managing director of long-established Tees engineering firm, Industrial Marine Hydraulics.

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Joining them will be Barclays Middlesbrough market leader Sue Theobald, Nigel Willis, MD of Kirkleatham’s First Choice Labels, InBond director Craig Rye, and Barry and Dave Atkins, directors of test equipment suppliers Pass.

Proceeds from the event will go towards funding a high-quality not-for-profit restaurant in Middlesbrough that will provide catering jobs for recovering addicts and alcoholics, those who have suffered from homelessness and those recently released from prison.

A share of the funds will also be donated to the charities chosen by outgoing Stockton mayor Ian Dalgarno, formerly regional director of Hertel, namely Butterwick Hospice, Daisy Chain and the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

CEO Sleepout UK is a national fundraising phenomum that has already raised close to £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, Cardiff Castle, Newcastle’s St James Park, Birmingham’s Villa Park and Everton FC’s Goodison Park in Liverpool.

Thanks to the bright thinking of Middlesbrough-based business investor Andy Preston, the charity’s founder and chairman, 15% of all funds raised at every event comes back to Teesside to support local good causes.

• To register your interest in taking part in CEO Sleepout at Preston Park Museum – or to check who has signed up so far – visit


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