Wembley Stadium CEO Sleep Out puts the spotlight on homelessness

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On Monday night, some of London’s high flyers gave up their beds for a night to take part in London’s first CEO Sleep Out at Wembley Stadium.

Over 90 people braved the elements – there was heavy rain and wind – to help increase awareness of the causes of homelessness, as well as raise vital funds to support the Work of the Cardinal Hume Centre and Depaul UK.

Among those who bedded down on Wembley’s ‘Hallowed Turf’ was the Centre’s CEO Cathy Corcoran Cathy says:

“Giving up one night of comfort does not compare to the hard reality for those who experience homelessness on a nightly basis. But this event showed that people do care and that homelessness and poverty should not exist in the modern world.”

Other sleepers included the Centre’s Chairman Philip Yates, of Perella Weinberg Partners UK, Canon Pat Browne, Catholic Chaplain to both Houses of Parliament, and Canon John Hall Dean of Westminster Abbey. CEOs and Senior Managers from some of the UK’s largest companies, including Aviva, Accenture, EE, Barclays and PWC gave up their beds and home comforts for the night.

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Tunde beds down for the night

Tunde Adegbemile Director at DTZ says of the Sleepout

“It was a great event and for a great cause. To be amongst the first group of people to ever sleepout in Wembley was indeed a privilege. Without a shadow of a doubt the best part of the whole exercise was raising funds to help those that are unfortunate not to have the privileges that we so often take for granted. Thanks to the Cardinal Hume Centre for all that you are consistently doing to shed a little light in what can often be a dark dark world!”

The event not only helped to raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness, but it also gave some of the young hostel residents a once in a lifetime opportunity. Cathy says

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The number of homeless people in London has increased at an alarming rate, with almost 6,500 reported to have slept rough in 2013. The CEO Sleepout London has an amazing £118K with more to come. All money raised by will go directly to help tackle homelessness and poverty.experience placements set up on the night!”“There was a wonderful sense of camaraderie on the night, but the absolute highlight for me was seeing five of the young people who currently are living in the Centre’s hostel utterly overwhelmed by the experience of visiting Wembley and having the opportunity to meet people of influence, there were even some work experience placements set up on the night!”

There’s still time to make a donation visit Cathy’s Justgiving page.

Watch a ‘Goodnight and Thank you’ film from 20 year old hostel resident Honick.

We would like to thank Wembley for such an amazing venue at no cost and such a warm welcome.