Mayor of London backs CEO Sleepout

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today (21 June 2016) voiced his support for a charity sleepout at Lord’s that will raise money for three homelessness charities. CEO Sleepout London 2016, which will take place on 31 October at the world-famous cricket ground, will raise funds for Depaul UK, the Cardinal Hume Centre and YMCA North London.

Sadiq-Khan-CEO-Sleepout-banner.jpg (3)The event is set to be the biggest of its kind in the UK. Senior level employees from any industry are invited to give up their bed for the night to help those who don’t have one – in a bid to raise more than £200,000.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “In London we have experienced a worrying rise in rough sleeping and it’s important to support charities that help many vulnerable young people off the streets. I’ll be working closely with government, TfL, local authorities and the voluntary sector to tackle the issue of homelessness in the capital. I wish everyone well who takes part in the CEO Sleepout.”

CEO Sleepout UK Chief Executive Andy Preston said: “Last year’s CEO Sleepout London raised around £180,000 – a record for a UK event of its kind. This year, we are determined to raise £200,000. I will be there with my sleeping bag and I encourage chief executives and senior managers from any industry to join me for the night at the iconic cricket ground Lord’s. We are going to make it our biggest ever event, and where could be better to hit our record for six?”

Cardinal Hume Centre Chief Executive Cathy Corcoran, said: “It is a gre150902%20CEO%20Sleepout%2C%20Oval_0048at opportunity to get business leaders together to take part in an exciting event to raise money for, and highlight the very serious problem of homelessness and poverty in the UK. 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 will show that people do care. We all know that homelessness and poverty should not exist in the modern world; Following on from the amazing success of the last two Sleepout events, we hope to raise even more money this year so, business leaders, get in touch!”

Derek Brewer, Chief Executive of MCC, the owners of Lord’s, said: “We are delighted to be lending CEO Sleepout our ground and facilities for the night. I am looking forward to welcoming the other chief executives and business leaders and to sleeping out myself at the Home of Cricket.”

 

People who would like to take part in CEO Sleepout London 2016 should book their place as soon as possible by emailing
patriciamarron@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk or by calling 020 7222 1602. 

 

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