Manchester’s inaugural CEO Sleepout raises over £60,000.



Manchester’s business community came out in force last week to raise vital funds to improve the lives of the City’s homeless.


The first ever Manchester CEO Sleepout, in partnership with the LCCC Foundation and Leesa, took place on Monday, 16th May and was the biggest Sleepout ever to take place outside of London, with senior business and community leaders sleeping out on the pitch at Emirates Old Trafford to help raise funds for and awareness of homeless projects across the city.


Andy Preston from CEO Sleepout UK, said: “The Manchester business community really got behind the initiative.  The Manchester weather was kind to us and almost 100 sleepers joined together and raised over £60,000 to help the City’s homeless.  This takes our national total to over £810,000, which is an incredible figure.”


Sandy Mitchell, Head of Community Development for the LCCC Foundation, said “We were delighted to be able to partner up with CEO Sleepout Manchester and provide the necessary support for such a worthwhile event dedicated to helping raise funds to tackle the cause and effects of homelessness in the city”.  


David Wolfe, Co-Founder and CEO of Leesa Sleep Limited added, “Following our recent move into the UK, we were excited to partner with CEO Sleepout as part of our global commitment to help the homeless and delighted that our first event took place in Manchester where our European headquarters is based.”


Through Leesa’s One-Ten programme, the company donates one mattress for every ten it sells and has already donated over 5,000 mattresses, including its recent first donation of mattresses in the UK to Mustard Tree in Manchester. 

Funds from CEO Sleepout Manchester will go to Mustard Tree, the Booth Centre, MASH, Church Urban Fund/Together Manchester, LCCC Foundation and Depaul as well as a pot that small community groups can apply for to help their work.

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