Leeds sleepout raises vital funds

RAISING AWARENESS: The CEO Sleepout event at Emerald Headingley Stadium.
RAISING AWARENESS: The CEO Sleepout event at Emerald Headingley Stadium.
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LEADING lights from Leeds businesses and public sector organisations traded the comfort of their beds for a night sleeping out at Emerald Headingley Stadium to raise money for charities helping to tackle homelessness in the city.

Organised by CEO Sleepout UK and Leeds Rhinos Foundation and St George’s Crypt, the event was the first stadium sleepout hosted in the city to help fight homelessness.

Representatives from several businesses and organisations in Leeds took part, including Leeds City Council Chief Executive Tom Riordan, West Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent Paul Money and Leeds Building Society CEO Peter Hill.

Bianca Robinson from CEO Sleepout said: “We’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who gave up their bed and braved the cold last night in order to help others, with over 20 of Leeds’ business and community leaders joining together to raise awareness and money for CEO Sleepout and two charities that do great work, the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and St George’s Crypt.

“We know that this experience doesn’t come close to what it’s like to be homeless, but giving up a night of comfort to help others is a great thing.

“With the awareness that has been raised from this, the first ever CEO Sleepout to be held in Leeds, we’re hoping an even bigger group of business leaders will take part in 2018.”

Through the participants fundraising efforts so far, the event has raised over £16,000 and is still rising.

Donations can still be made to the Leeds CEO Sleepout.

For more information visit www.ceosleepoutuk.com