Plans for a new fundraising and awareness event, named SleepOut, have been announced by Gloucestershire charity Caring for Communities and People (CCP). The event will see up to 100 leading business figures, including our own Roman Cooper, sleep “rough” within the grounds of Gloucester Rugby Club on Wednesday 10th October 2018, which is World Homeless Day.
The CCP SleepOut is an event to raise awareness of the issues facing rough sleepers in the county whilst raising funds to help CCP tackle the problem by preventing homelessness and supporting those who are already homeless into sustainable accommodation. Each of the participants will challenge themselves to raise at least £1,000 to rough sleep in as genuine conditions as possible and go to work the next day as normal.
Roman Cooper, Director of Allcooper Group
"I'm looking forward to taking part in the SleepOut on behalf of Allcooper, and experiencing for myself the challenges that affect homeless people in Gloucestershire and across the UK. It's an issue that can only get better if more people are aware of what support is available and how they can get involved. CCP have recruited a great group of volunteers so far and hopefully we can help encourage more local business men and women to join in with our fundraising efforts."
Cordell Ray, Chief Executive of CCP
“We are hugely excited about this new event. By gathering together high profile business leaders in this way, we plan to highlight the plight of the homeless and give those participating just a taste of what it is like to have to sleep rough. When we came up with the idea for this event, it seemed only fitting that we coincide it with World Homeless Day with its aim of drawing attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved. SleepOut as an event has the potential to raise a very substantial sum of money that will go towards our work in preventing homelessness and supporting those who are already homeless.”
David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership
"When CCP approached me with the idea I had no hesitation in agreeing to take part. Even one person being homeless is one too many and anything we can do to highlight their plight has to be a good thing. CCP are doing some amazing work preventing homelessness and the money we raise will I am sure be put to very good use. Whilst you cannot fully replicate what it is like to sleep rough in an exercise like this, it will be interesting to see how we all cope the day after the SleepOut going about a normal working day.”
Even before launching the event, news of it had spread and over a dozen business leaders have already signed up to take part. CCP are encouraging others interested in taking part to get in touch. More information about the event can be found on the SleepOut section of the CCP website - www.ccpsleepout.org.uk
L to R - Suzanne Hall-Gibbins (Circle2Success), David Owen (GFirst), Phil Vickery (Raging Bull & Gloucester Rugby Legend), Cordell Ray (CCP)
CCP are also keen to hear from businesses that might want to get involved by sponsoring the event.
Cordell Ray outlined why businesses might want to be involved: “SleepOut represents a unique opportunity for businesses to associate themselves with a high profile event and put their brand in front of a very select audience. We will be working hard to ensure that any business that sponsors gets a good return on their investment. The sponsorship will underwrite the costs of the event and any surplus will add to the proceeds that go towards the work we do with the homeless.”
In the build up to SleepOut and World Homeless Day CCP will also be looking to showcase the excellent work that other organisations do in the county to help the homeless.
For more information visit www.ccpsleepout.org.uk and get involved on Social Media using the hashtag #BigSleepOut2018.
Images courtesy of ThousandWordMedia
Main image: Back Row L to R - Michael Ratcliffe (Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce), Chris Creed (Creed Foodservice), Michael Chittenden (Manor By The Lake), Claire Thayers (Folk 2 Folk), Suzanne Hall-Gibbins (Circle 2 Success), Darren Stevens (Prestbury Marketing), Roman Cooper (Allcooper); Front Row L to R - Dave Jones (CCP), Russell Marchant (Hartpury College), Phil Vickery (Raging Bull & Gloucester Rugby Legend), Kevan Blackadder (Cheltenham BID), David Owen (GFirst LEP), Cordell Ray (CCP)