Bishop raises almost £1,500 to help the homeless

Bishop Tony Porter raised almost £1,500 after taking part in the CEO Sleepout at Meadow Lane on October 5th.

He slept at the side of the pitch on a cold, wet night, along with Notts County owner Alan Hardy and other business and community leaders. So far the overall total raised is £70,000, which will go to help The Friary, a drop-in centre for homeless and unemployed people in West Bridgford, and Emmanuel House, Nottingham.

Notts County Football in the Community led the project in partnership with the Trent Bridge Community Trust.

Bishop Tony said: “It was cold, wet, uncomfortable and I didn’t sleep a wink BUT we were all reminded of the horror of homelessness, and small local charities will be supported in their amazing work with the homeless.”

Saint Saviour’s church and Eden Softplay partner with Football in the Community and CEO Sleepout by providing a warm hearty soup and a roll before the CEOs sleep out for the night. Oliver Packer, 25,  Eden Softplay’s new Leading Director, was among those who slept out (pictured below).

Saint Saviour’s is passionate about supporting this initiative and  is one of the host churches of the Winter Shelter two months of the year.

CEO Sleepout is a charity set up to fight homelessness and poverty. It raises money by encouraging executives to sleep outdoors for one night and to raise sponsorship from their business contacts and friends.