Everton in the Community has joined forces with national charity CEO Sleepout in a bid to fight poverty and homelessness throughout the city.
On Thursday 26 March, the official charity of Everton Football Club will be giving business executives the opportunity to do their part to tackle poverty deprivation and disadvantage across Merseyside when it will be hosting the North West’s first CEO Sleepout event at Goodison Park.
Run in partnership with Church Urban Fund and Together Liverpool, CEO Sleepout will see leading business figures from across the city come together to sleep outdoors for one night to raise vital funds for some of the poorest and most marginalised people in Merseyside.
Established as the Church of England’s response to poverty, Church Urban Fund set up the Together Network to enhance the work of local churches and provide support so they can reach even further and change things for the better.
Working with Together Liverpool and the Diocese of Liverpool, Church Urban Fund have already supported nearly 400 projects in Liverpool to a value of £4.2million. They work at a national and local level and bring churches, Christians and others together to tackle poverty and transform lives.
Stephen Raynor, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Everton in the Community, said: “This unique event is a fantastic way for the people of Liverpool to come together and join us in the fight against poverty and homelessness. Everton in the Community works with leading organisations throughout the city all year round to help us improve the lives of others and we encourage everyone to come and join us in sleeping out at Goodison.”
Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout founder said, “"CEO Sleepout has fought homelessness in other cities but I think Liverpool will be bigger and better. The people of Liverpool are known for being big-hearted and fair-minded - so I think the city's business community will make this a massive event!"
John Davis, Development Officer for Together Liverpool added, “‘’I am delighted to be able to join in the CEO Sleepout and to support the excellent local work with homeless people in the Liverpool area. Sleeping out one night might help us all to begin to understand how it feels to be homeless but the sponsorship brought in can make a real difference to people. We are so grateful to Everton in the Community for the opportunity and for all the great work they do in the region. Please come and join us in this act of solidarity and generosity.’’
Formed in December 2013, CEO Sleepout has already raised over £300,000 in the fight against homelessness at previous sleepout event at Wembley Stadium, Cardiff Castle, St James’ Park and the Riverside Stadium.
To register for the Goodison Park CEO Sleepout visit http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/liverpool.html