Tees Valley business bosses to sleep rough for charity

CEO Sleepout was the idea of Andy Preston, of Green Lane Capital, after two successful CEO Sleepout events were held at Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle Utd FC

Middlesbrough businessman Andy Preston
Middlesbrough businessman Andy Preston

Business bosses from across the Tees Valley are looking to make history in October, by putting on the largest CEO Sleepout in the country.

Around 70 to 100 managing directors, chief executives, company directors and senior managers are expected to sleep on the streets for one night.

CEO Sleepout was the idea of Andy Preston, of Green Lane Capital, after two successful CEO Sleepout events were held at Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle Utd FC in collaboration with Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. The charity event aims to tackle homelessness and poverty across Teesside by asking the senior management of local businesses to spend just one night living like a homeless person has to every night.

Last year’s event saw rain and winds hammer the Riverside Stadium, but every person stuck it out and raised a huge amount.

This year, the event is being headed up by NECC’s international trade senior account manager Matthew Ord and ever-supportive NECC global member Keith Miller, owner of Ecco Finishing Supplies in Middlesbrough.

Matthew said: “I’m delighted to be heading things up with Keith and our aim is to make this year’s Sleepout the stand-out event in the country.

“Our Twitter page has already attracted more than 30 CEOs, and we are yet to ask last year’s participants for their continued support.

“If we could get the final figure to 70 that would be amazing, but I feel 100 CEOs is not impossible.”

Keith added: “I managed to complete the challenge in 2013, and this year’s event allows me to be more involved with what is an amazing event with a truly great cause.

“This kind of project demonstrates the spirit of the people and business leaders have in this town and surrounding areas.

“I would urge every business leader to enrol and take part in what will be another huge event for Middlesbrough.”

To take part, contact Matthew Ord on 07717300351, or email him matthew.ord@necc.co.uk

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