Cobweb’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeremy Drew, will be helping to fight homelessness and poverty across the UK on Thursday 4 April 2019, when he’ll be sleeping out at Fratton Park, in Portsmouth.
The home of Portsmouth Football Club will be host for the night to Portsmouth’s CEOs, business leaders, owners, and senior execs participating in the national charity CEOSleepout’s annual fundraising event.
Sleepouts take place in cities across the UK, from Portsmouth and London, to Cambridge, Manchester, and Durham, with participants raising funds for national and local charities supporting homelessness.
Jeremy says, "Since CEOSleepout’s formation in 2013, more than 2,000 executives have raised an amazing £2,000,000.
"Helping in the fight to end homelessness and poverty really matters to me.
"In February this year, The Portsmouth News titled its story reporting on a study into homelessness, Disgraceful number of people are dying in Hampshire while sleeping rough.
"The study estimates that at least 83 people sleeping on the streets in Hampshire to have died over the past five years, and highlights the number of deaths among people sleeping rough across England and Wales to have risen from 482 in 2013 to 597 in 2017.
"These are real issues, affecting the real lives of real people."
National charities supported by CEOSleepout include Changing Lives (helping vulnerable and homeless people across the whole of the UK), and Depaul (supporting homeless and disadvantaged youth, again across the UK).
Locally, CEOSleepout will be looking to help Pompey in the Community (Portsmouth Football Club’s own charity) and The Roberts Centre, supporting families facing homelessness, with a specific focus on children’s needs.
If you’d like to learn more about the charity and the sleepout, you can find details on the CEOSleepout website .
Jeremy: A night sleeping at Fratton Park is the least I can do to raise awareness and hopefully, with your support a good sum of money to help this noble cause.
Everyone taking part has pledged to raise at least £1,000 - and if you’d like to help me meet this target, you can donate via my JustGiving webpage.