An astonishing £80,000 was raised in aid of the homeless at this year’s CEO Sleepout, held at Meadow Lane for only its second time. With around 90 participants taking part, it was announced that Nottingham is the most successful host of the event outside London with proceeds of the evening going to Emmanuel House (located in Nottingham City Centre), The Friary (West Bridgford), Notts County Football in the Community (FITC), CEO Sleepout and Trent Bridge Foundation.
An evening that will last long in the memory by the participants, for many reasons, guests were greeted at Meadow Lane to speeches from Dennis Tully, CEO of Emmanuel House and Sam Crawford, CEO of The Friary alongside familiar faces to the terraces, Alan Hardy, Chairman and Owner of Notts County FC and James Bromley, event organiser and FITC’s Partnership and Events Executive. Unlike the conditions in which the participants of the CEO Sleepout would be facing throughout the night, the warm and generous atmosphere within the executive suite of the stadium was matched by those who donated to those taking on the challenge.
One such participant who undertook the challenge was Clyde Southern, Managing Director of Stormclad Home Improvements., “The CEO Sleepout in Nottingham gave me some perspective on the plight facing the homeless and I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to have to do that every night, with no sanctuary of warmth. This event showed me how important the work is that these charities are doing for the homeless, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped me fundraise for this fantastic cause.”
Reflecting on the morning of the Sleepout, Dennis Tully (Emmanuel House) and Sam Crawford (The Friary) looked back on the event “There was such a fantastic buzz around the room. I think the event was a great blend of enjoyment on the one hand and salutary reflection on the other. There will be interesting conversations around some meal tables tonight. Everything worked very well and had a sense of quality about it which conveys something about the investment in and appreciation of the people taking part. I don’t think that qualitative experience can be dislocated from the values that emanate from the roots of the club and can only be an outward expression of what Notts County aspires to be in the community.”
James Bromley echoed the sentiments “The camaraderie was fantastic. We were in the safe confines of a football stadium. We experienced what it was like to sleep rough once, but there was no way we could replicate the feelings of loneliness, isolation and fear that homeless people face every day. To have that snippet opens your eyes to a world we can only think about. That is why the funds we have raised will go towards supporting Nottingham’s homeless in addition to the causes we at FITC champion.”
From everyone at Notts County Football in the Community we would like to thank you for your donations and ongoing support of the most in need communities within Nottingham. If you would like to find out more about the CEO sleepout, please visit the CEO SLEEPOUT website.