MY CEO SLEEPOUT JOURNEY: WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
I woke up in a snow-encrusted sleeping bag outside Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium 7 years ago today, March 17 2013. My first ever CEO Sleepout – to raise funds to fight homelessness in Middlesbrough alongside Vic Tosh and Jill Flowers.
In 2017 I was called in by CEO Sleepout’s founder, Andy Preston as a freelancer to help support the programme of CEO Sleepout events nationally
In January 2019 I was appointed CEO of CEO Sleepout UK
I’ve slept out 41 times, from Northumberland’s Alnwick Garden, to Portsmouth’s Fratton Park and some cool places in between.
In all we’ve raised over £2.7 million to fight homelessness in cities across the UK.
£1.6 million since the start of 2018
We owned and financially supported amazing social enterprise The Fork In the Road, finally donating £50,000 late last year before handing it over to new owners.
We have given away the vast majority of all funds raised to lots of incredible charities the length of the UK.
And all on a shoestring. Our marketing and event costs equate to c £1000 per event.
All our fundraising income and expenditure can be found at the UK Charities Commission. You can also read the accounts for what has been spent and the exact amounts that each charity beneficiary has received.
I’m hugely proud of this amazing charity and devastated that our events are being postponed because they have the potential to do so much good – and literally change the course of somebody’s life.
We couldn’t do it without each and every one of our amazing participants in every city, and all of your generous supporters and sponsors.
Shows what can be achieved when business unites to do good.