15 Mar 2024

East Midlands leaders brave the elements to help raise funds for homelessness

East Midlands Chamber Adviser Manager Abigail Phillips is to join teams and business leaders like Andy Wright (pictured above) Responsible Business Director at Samworth Brothers – sleeping out in the freezing cold in Leicester to raise funds for homelessness.

The event, organised by CEO Sleepout, will see bosses, representatives and teams from the region swap home comforts for the open air at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on 11th April.

Leaders already signed up for the CEO Sleepout represent organisations like Leicester Tigers, DeMontfort University, Michael Smith Switchgear and Samworth Brothers.

Samworth Brothers Responsible Business Director Andy Wright is taking part and said:

I imagine the cold will be a challenge, but most of all the uncertainty of not being in your ‘safe space.’  We have a very active community programme in Leicester, and this was another great opportunity to help raise awareness and funds for local charities supporting homelessness.“

Abigail Phillips from East Midlands Chamber said: “One cold night facing the elements is a small price to pay if it raises awareness and funds to help tackle the ongoing issue of homelessness.

“I do hope people will get involved, either by signing up for the CEO Sleepout or giving support with a donation to one of the leaders.  You can sponsor any of the leaders taking part and they are all listed on the website.  So even if you don’t sponsor me, there might be a boss you know taking part and it all helps.  As for my preparation, we’ve had snow before in early April so I just hope it’s not one of those nights!”