Peter Taylor, the Mayor of Watford, is expected to join several business leaders for a CEO Sleepout to put up funds for the homeless in the streets.
Though for one night, the CEOs will challenge themselves by swapping their beds for the street. The Big sleepout event will be held in Watford Rugby Club on the 26th of November.
The Charity’s Sleepout began 4 years back by Andy Preston, the chairman and has been held in multiple venues in the UK. Among the major venues are stadiums like Old Trafford, Lane stadium, St, James Park Newcastle, Meadow lane stadium, Wembley Stadium, and Lord’s cricket stadium.
The main personal pledge for each CEO is to raise at least £1500 with the overall amount raised from the initiative in the past reaching £1.9 million pounds. This has been a significant boost in an attempt to fight poverty in Watford.
“I am very happy to be involved in the CEOSleepout ” Mr. Taylor said. “ and would encourage other people to get involved ” he added.
Mr.Taylor urges and pleads the local’s participation since it is beneficial. “We all want to live in a town where nobody sleeps rough. Local homeless charities do fantastic work, helping people to get the support they need, find work and permanent homes.”
Present in the charity will be Watford Homeless Warriors. The Warriors director, Stephen Russell, insisted on their effort to make the event a national movement and said; “We have worked hard to bring this national movement to the town and make the first CEO Sleepout Watford happen.
He also adds “We will be seeking support from community businesses to get behind this event. We are a kindhearted and caring town, so let’s make CEO Sleepout Watford count for our homeless friends.”
New Hope director, Sam Weightman could not hide his excitement and said We are excited to be on the receiving end of that generosity once again. With the demand on our services rapidly increasing, this event doesn’t just provide our supporters with a challenge, but will give them an opportunity to help New
Hope continue to provide professional support and accommodation for those most vulnerable in our town.”
Weighton expresses gratitude in taking part in the first Sleepout in Watford and adds that “Over the last 28 years we have received incredibly generous support from local businesses and the community.”
The chairman and also founder of the CEO Sleepout, Andy Preston said “: “I am very humbled to see so many leaders involved in our CEO Sleepouts across the UK and I am completely confident that Watford will demonstrate what a compassionate town it is.”
Will you be joining them?
Bedding down with you will be business leaders, owners, CEOs, managers,senior-level executives, and teams all in effort to raise awareness and raise funds for the homeless in Watford.CEOs already taking part are Kara Smalley(Administrator, Morgan Charles), Mike Segall Founder, Property Radio, Razi Hassan( Mr. Mustr, Mustr.co.uk), Ruth Lee (Director of Fundraising , Watford Homeless Warriors), Ryan Dalton (Director, WRFC Bar and Coffee House). Stephen Russel (Homeless Warrior, Watford Homeless Project), Tim lark (Managing Director, Service Innovations Group), Amanda Wells (Therapeutic Counsellor & Wellbeing Teacher), Andy Preston (Chairman, CEO Sleepout UK ) Bianca Robinson( National coordinator, CEO Sleepout UK )and the mayor of Watford Peter Taylor.