Business leaders out on the street for charity

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Business owners, directors and senior management across Teesside are being challenged to take up a big charity challenge – by sleeping rough for one night.

More than 60 Teesside business leaders have already raised more than £11,500 ahead of sleeping rough for the night as part of a unique charity event, CEO Sleepout, being organised by Tees Business.

But there’s room for more, so why not sign up today?

Tees Business editor Martin Walker of Mantis Media and DNA PR & Publicity owner Dave Allan are organising CEO Sleepout on the Victorian Street at Preston Park Museum in Eaglescliffe, Stockton, on Thursday, May 12.

Led by Teesside businessman and charity leader Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout UK is a national fundraising phenomenon that has already raised close to £1 million to fight homelessness and poverty around the country.

Top fundraisers so far include Lisa Holt of Middlesbrough marketing agency The Creative Alchemist, Nigel Willis, MD of Redcar-based First Choice Labels, Chemoxy International MD Ian Stark and Simon Wake of the Endeavour Partnership.

Along with Martin and Dave, those who are busy fundraising before taking part in the Preston Park event include three of the local business leaders who have featured on the front cover of Tees Business magazine – Duncan Bannatyne’s ex-wife, Joanne McCue, Cornerstone Business Solutions MD Chris Petty and CEO Sleepout founder-chair Andy.

Others taking part include current top fundraiser Unasys director Mick Flynn, InBond director Craig Rye and three partners of solicitors, Tilly Bailey and Irvine, Alison Leith, Kenton Bazeley and Helen Dexter

All four directors of our principal media partners, Applied Integration, will be joining them, along with entrepreneur Alastair Waite, Midas managing director Martin Gilbey, MI Supplies boss Alex Ingham and both Matt Emmerson and Ian Jolly of Hartlepool-based Emmerson Marketing.

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.

Tees Business is looking for more local business owners, directors and senior executives to take part in CEO Sleepout, so could you (or your boss!) give up the comfort of your bed for a night sleeping rough under the stars to aid Teessiders in need of a helping hand?

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.

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.

Dave said: “This is an opportunity to spend a night alongside your business peers doing something extraordinary to help make Teesside a fairer place. With the generous support of Stockton Council, we’ve secured the unique setting of Preston Park Museum, so it promises to be an event that will stay long in the memory.”

• To sign up for CEO Sleepout at Preston Park Museum – or to see a full list of those taking part – visit


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