On Monday 12th November, business leaders from across Teesside will give up their beds for one night and help those who don’t have one.
In 6 weeks’ time Michelle Ball and Joanne Shepherd, Skills Development Managers from Northern Skills Group will be braving the cold for the fight against local poverty and homelessness.
The pair will be sleeping on the streets to help raise funds for a range of national and local charities. These charities help those who are vulnerable and homeless and work to tackle homelessness and support people to get their lives back on track.
Michelle said “I’m planning on bringing cardboard boxes, plastic sheets and a sleeping bag. I feel extremely lucky that we can prepare for the night; people who are homeless don’t have that luxury.”
Joanne said “The event goes ahead in all weathers, so even if it snows we will be there! It’s one night of discomfort, but people are going through this every day. It’s a fantastic event to raise awareness and money.”
Last year’s sleepers raised an incredible £27,000 for local charities. Proceeds from the 2017 event helped to fund the launch of The Fork in the Road restaurant in Middlesbrough, a not-for-profit project that provides training and job opportunities for long-term unemployed Teessiders, including ex-offenders, recovering addicts and those affected by homelessness.
The CEO sleepout is taking place on Monday 12th November in the Victorian Street at Preston Park in Stockton-On-Tees and despite the event taking place on a Monday night, Michelle and Joanne will be coming into work the next day!
You can help raise money for this great cause by donating to Michelle and Joanne’s just giving pages. All funds are donated to national and local homeless charities across the UK.