Manchester’s business community came out in force at Emirates Old Trafford last month to raise vital funds to improve the lives of the City’s homeless.
The first ever Manchester CEO Sleepout, in partnership with the LCCC Foundation and Leesa, took place on Monday 16 May and was the biggest Sleepout ever to take place outside of London, with senior business and community leaders, including Lancashire’s CEO Daniel Gidney, sleeping out on the pitch at the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club to help raise funds for and awareness of homeless projects across the city.
Andy Preston from CEO Sleepout UK, said: “The Manchester business community really got behind the initiative. The Manchester weather was kind to us and almost 100 sleepers joined together and raised over £60,000 to help the City’s homeless. This takes our national total to over £810,000, which is an incredible figure.”
Sandy Mitchell, Head of Community Development for the LCCC Foundation, said: “We were delighted to be able to partner up with CEO Sleepout Manchester and provide the necessary support for such a worthwhile event dedicated to helping raise funds to tackle the cause and effects of homelessness in the city”.
Funds from CEO Sleepout Manchester will go to Mustard Tree, the Booth Centre, MASH, Church Urban Fund/Together Manchester, LCCC Foundation and Depaul as well as a pot that small community groups can apply for to help their work.
For more about the LCCC Foundation, please visit www.lcccfoundation.co.uk