On 16th October 2017 Old Trafford Cricket Ground will host Manchester’s 2nd CEO Sleepout. More than 80 business leaders will give up one night of comfort, sleeping out under the stars, at the iconic home of Lancashire County Cricket Club in a bid to fight poverty and homelessness in Manchester. Jenna Bowyer (Business intelligence developer at Boohoo.com) and Julie Wilson (co-founder of Rule 5) are among the group of prominent business women taking part in the sleep out.
Statistics from national homeless charity Crisis show that while the vast majority of rough sleepers are male, life for women on the streets can be particularly bad, with one in four women sleeping rough having been sexually assaulted in the past year, three in 10 being the subject of sexual violence while homeless, and six in 10 being intimidated or threatened with violence.
Julie Wilson told Business Desk her reason for being involved: “Homelessness is an issue close to my heart and I’m delighted to join an increasing number of women in this year’s CEO Sleepout, raising not only vital funds but awareness of local charities such as MASH, who provide invaluable support to women living on the streets of Manchester. It’s a fantastic event, uniting business leaders from all sectors to tackle what is a growing problem.”
Since its foundation in 2013 by businessman and philanthropist Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout has raised more than £1m thanks to support from thousands of executives participating in its sleepouts. In 2016, 87 Manchester business leaders raised £64,000 by sleeping rough with the scheme. Ministry 2 Business was part of a small team that helped establish the initiative in Manchester.
Preston commented: “We’re really pleased to have a number of prominent women from the city joining us for the sleepout, who will help to highlight the needs of women sleeping rough. This year we have had a great response from Manchester’s business community and other leading figures from the city’s civic life. Our priority as a charity is to raising awareness of the homeless crisis being seen in cities across the country, and this can only be achieved through joint working, so we will continue to work with a range of partners that can affect change and tackling underlying causes of homelessness and prevent it before it occurs.”
You can find out more about CEO Sleepout on the website.
Article written by Nick Jackson, The Business Desk.com, 26/09/17
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