Trafford Housing Trust

Raising money for local homeless charities through ‘Sleepout’ challenge

09 October 2017

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Trafford Housing Trust’s Chief Executive Matthew Gardiner, Deputy Chief Executive Larry Gold and Director of Property Services Iain Wallace, have each signed up to Manchester’s forthcoming CEO Sleepout fundraising event.

Being hosted at Lancashire County Cricket Club on October 16th, CEO Sleepout Manchester will see senior executives drawn from across a range of Greater Manchester organisations give up the comfort of their own beds and spend the night outdoors in aid of local charities which tackle homelessness and poverty.

Matthew, Larry and Iain will be joining over 100 other Manchester bosses who will also be braving a cold and damp October night to raise money through sponsorship. They include Peter Pritchard, retail CEO for Pets at Home, Boohoo’s Business Intelligence Analyst Jenna Bowyer, Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Membership Stella Bowdell, Andy Lord, CEO of the Rethink Group and Clare Turner, General Manager of Matt & Phred’s jazz club.

Matthew Gardiner said: “This will be my first CEO Sleepout, and I’m pleased to announce that with Larry and Iain joining me, we will have the chance to raise even more money this year to target homelessness and poverty in Greater Manchester. Of course, this is only one night for us and nothing compared to people who have to spend every night on the street but we hope that it will help raise awareness of the poverty in which many homeless people have to endure. 

“Tackling poverty and helping the homeless are also not just issues which I am personally passionate about, they are also at the heart of Trafford Housings Trust’s mission and vision as a business. Therefore, I’m very proud, both personally and professionally, to be undertaking this challenge as it will generate funds that can genuinely transform people’s lives.

“And if people want to support the cause, but don’t like the idea of sleeping under the stars on a freezing cold autumn night themselves, they can sponsor myself, Larry or Iain via our JustGiving page.”  

A similar project in Manchester last year raised nearly £70,000, helping local charities like Manchester Action On Street Health (MASH) and Mustard Tree deliver projects and programmes that directly target people in desperate need of help and support. 

The Manchester sleepout is also one of eight being staged across the UK this year, with the initiative hoping to raise over £500,000 in total. Since launching in 2013, the Sleepout project has seen over 1,000 executives take on the challenge, raising over £1,000,000 in the process.

For more information on Sleepout Manchester, and to see who is taking part, click here.

To sponsor Trafford Housing Trust or Matthew, Larry or Iain specifically, click here.

 

 

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