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Resolution Publishing director Dave Allan is looking to recruit dozens of Teesside business leaders for a sponsored sleepout


Here’s your chance to raise £40,000 – at least – while having 40 winks.

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.

Now we’re doing it all again!

We’re looking for Teesside business owners, directors and senior executives willing to get sponsored to give up the comfort of their own bed for just one night sleeping under the stars. We’re organising what promises to be an amazing fundraising event.

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, 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 Bishop of Whitby Paul Ferguson, former Visualsoft director Richard Bendelow, Paul Smith of award-winning Middlesbrough firm, Bakers Tailoring, Alisdair Beveridge of The Build Directory in Stockton, Linthorpe Interiors boss Reuben Hanlon, Double Eleven duo Mark South and Kimberley Turner, Graeme Skinner of Naturally Wild and Bespoke Motor Works directors Daniel King and Russ Jackson.

Others include, Tees Valley Innovation MD Ian Donley, Endeavour Partnership solicitor Ged Flanagan, Adore Properties managing director Jeremy O’Connor, Goodbodys MD Jane Hunt, CVfm Radio director Idrees Rashid, Erdal ‘AJ’ Kuzgun and Roberto Pitalis of popular Tees restaurants Al Forno and Café Lilli, and international athlete Matty Hynes, who owns York restaurant Gulp and Graze, and Matty’s father, Mark, of Pro-Drive.

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.

This time proceeds from the 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.

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.

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