Two of our incredible Northern Skills Group team members, Michelle Ball and Jo Shepherd wrapped up and took part in the CEO Sleepout last week to help raise awareness for fighting homelessness and poverty across the UK.
Held on the grounds of Preston Park, in the replica Victorian Street, around 60 people gathered together on the Autumnal evening, coming from the likes of Calm Digital, Poppy Hall Dressing and Martin Bevan.
Those taking part were able to get a feel of what it would be like to live on the streets, and, despite wearing five layers, they still felt the cold – particularly when the 3.00am downpour started.
The event highlighted the challenges homeless people face on a day-to-day basis, and the concerns they will encounter for their safety. Joe from Middlesbrough non-profit restaurant, Fork in the Road also paid a visit to Preston Park to share his inspiring story on how he turned his life around after facing difficulties at University.
Despite the sad theme to the evening, Jo and Michelle commented how heart-warming it was to be involved in something so important.
Northern Skills Group Business Advisor, Michelle said: "It was freezing on the cobbles but it was a really eye opening experience.", with Skills Development Manager, Jo, adding "I would like to do more for charity, especially as you see quite a lot of homeless people around the country. The sleepout is a really great opportunity to spread the word and experience what it's like, first hand."
If you would like to show your support, you can donate to Michelle and Jo’s Just Giving pages.