Seeing people sleeping in shop doorways is a familiar sight for those of us living and working in London. It is hard to know how to respond – how can we, as individuals, make a difference?
On Monday 12th October 2015, the Cardinal Hume Centre & DePaul UK invited everyone to the second annual CEO Sleepout at The Kia Oval.
So far the sleepout has raised £400,000 in total so far to help fight poverty and homelessness.
People living in poverty or on the streets need to be empowered, given the help to move forward, and to feel like a person who is valued and part of society. The Cardinal Hume Centre continues to provide support for people such as Hannah who has gone from homelessness to secure employment and a bright future.
All money raised by you will go to fund the Cardinal Hume Centre, DePaul UK, and The Church Urban Fund’s work with homeless young people, families on the edge of homelessness and vulnerable individuals.
The organising charities were thrilled to have such an amazing and iconic venue in which to hold our second sleepout. Cricket Fans will have a rare opportunity to get close to the famous grounds and the first in England to host international Test cricket in 1880.
The Cardinal Hume Centre’s CEO, Cathy Corcoran, said:
“It is a great opportunity to get business leaders together to take part in an exciting event to raise money for, and highlight the very serious problem of homelessness and poverty in the UK. Giving up one night of comfort does not compare to the hard reality for those who experience homelessness on a nightly basis, but this event will show that people do care. We all know that homelessness and poverty should not exist in the modern world; Following on from last year’s amazing success, we hope to raise even more money this year”
Our ultimate goal is to help make London a fairer and an even better place in which to live, work and do business.
The London event is one in a series of sleepouts throughout the country aimed at fundraising for and highlighting the issue of poverty and homelessness in the UK.