Thursday 14th September saw business leaders from across the county visit Meadow Lane for a network breakfast and briefing attended by The Friary’s Sam Crawford and Emmanuel House’s Denis Tulley. With just under 3 weeks to go before the CEO Sleepout, preparations are well underway with almost 90 of Nottinghamshire’s business leaders pledging both time and money to support Nottingham’s homeless.
Notts County Football in the Community (FITC), in partnership with Trent Bridge Foundation, are aiming to smash the previous record set in 2016 of £46,700. With the two sporting charities joining forces yet again with early indications suggesting that 2017 will be a very charitable year. West Bridgford’s The Friary, a drop-in centre for homeless and unemployed people, and Emmanuel House on Goose Gate have both again been nominated as beneficiaries for this great event.
The Friary’s Sam Crawford took to the stage after being introduced by FITC’s Partnerships and Events Executive James Bromley to discuss how The Friary’s commitment to supporting the county’s homeless “to have the opportunity to inform people of what we do is a fantastic opportunity, not to just get our charity known within business circles in the city, but to showcase what successes we have had and what we are doing to have many more.”
In attendance was first time CEO Sleepout participant and Notts County Chairman/Chief Executive, Alan Hardy. “The momentum this event has gathered within the Nottingham business community has been extraordinary and the money raised so far is very promising. I would encourage everyone to donate what they can to help combat this very serious issue. I look forward to seeing everyone at our Community Day on Saturday 7 October, when we can further celebrate the award-winning work the club and FITC do in Nottingham.”
Also awaiting his first CEO Sleepout experience is Stewart Vandermark, Chief Executive and Solicitor of Nelsons Solicitors explained why he wanted to brave the challenge “in a country with so much wealth it seems so wrong that we still have so many people who find themselves with nowhere to call home. I volunteered at Emmanuel House whilst a student at university, I found myself alongside a fellow volunteer student who would become my wife. I have since served as a Trustee to several homeless charities at different points of my life. It has been particularly sad recently to see so many more people sleeping on the streets again”. With homelessness statistics increasing in the city, especially amongst women, Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout founder and executive explained “education and support from a young age is vital in preventing those at risk of becoming homeless. Football in the Community’s education and support network supports young people across the county, it’s great to see that their projects help us in our mission to prevent homelessness and support those in need.
87 of the county’s leading business men and women are braving the challenge at Meadow Lane, we are still looking for enthusiastic participants to join us on Thursday 5th October. FITC’s event and media team would love to formally invite you to raise both awareness and funds for those affected by homelessness in the city. If you would like to find out more about the CEO Sleepout and would like to express an interest in joining our fundraising efforts, please CLICK HERE or email James Bromley on firstname.lastname@example.org.