council bosses will be swapping their warm beds for a night outdoors at Leeds Rhinos’ stadium to help fight homelessness and poverty in the city.
Leeds Rhinos Foundation is working with charity CEO Sleepout to host the event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium to raise awareness and funds for homeless charity St George’s Crypt.
Key personnel from the city including leader of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan and West Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent Paul Money will join more than 60 people for the sleepout on October 30.
The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen nationally to over 4,000 people, with Yorkshire and the Humber contributing over 170 people to that figure.
Leeds Rhinos Foundation Community Manager Gareth Cook said: “Working with CEO Sleepout made perfect sense for our charity. Their track record of raising funds to support homeless projects speaks for itself. It is a great pleasure to be able to bring together important people from Leeds to hopefully raise a lot of money for St George’s Crypt.
“Leeds Rhinos Foundation prides itself on supporting and improving the lives of all people in Leeds. So to support those who are sleeping rough to get back on their feet is a really exciting prospect for us and hopefully just the start of fantastic relationship going forward.”
Andy Preston, chairman of CEO Sleepout, said: “CEO Sleepout Leeds is a chance for those who are doing well to do something special and help fight homelessness and poverty in the great city of Leeds.”
St George’s Crypt, on Great George Street, provides care and support to homeless and vulnerable adults in Leeds.