Addressing the issue of homelessness and poverty with sleep out
Thousands of people across the country are facing homelessness and are in crisis because of the terrible plight of poverty.
The CEO Sleepout is a charity established to tackle homelessness and poverty.
The charities fight against the growing issue is raised by executives who sleep outdoors for one night to raise sponsorship from their business contacts and friends.
Even though the evening outside will not eradicate the issue of homelessness and poverty, it has a powerful impact at raising awareness and the need to address the problem.
Events are overseen by the organisation up and down the country.
Business leaders, community leaders, owners, executives, manages and anyone who believe they can raise a significant amount of money for not having the comfort of their own bed for one evening may participate.
Recently, Portsmouth Football Club hosted a CEO Sleepout at their stadium as part of the national campaign to have people sleeping one night outside.
The event, which took place last month, was a huge success.
Locally, Thomas Giles Babb, landlord of The Blue Bell Inn, joined others for an outdoor sleep at Fratton Park.
He said on his Just Giving page: “I will be raising funds that will give individuals and families the opportunity to make positive life changes through the work of Pompey in the Community and other local charities working at the front line of poverty and homelessness.
“In this day and age, there just should not be homeless people. Yet, we see so many – often the same faces – with no choice but to live in the street.
“I’m excited to take part in the Pompey CEO Sleepout and I really hope we can use our profiles to raise as much money as possible for those who need our help!”
Thomas Giles Babb has raised more than £1,400 on his fundraising page with much of the support coming from the Emsworth community and beyond.
He was highly active on social media throughout the event, sharing his own experience and also pictures from other business people at the stadium.
On Twitter, he said: “It’s 4.50 @The_CEOSLEEPOUT definitely wouldn’t want to be doing this again any time soon! Amazing how snoring echoes around the Fratton End!”
Hundreds of more pounds is expected to be donated towards the cause. For more information, go to: http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/