Chris Brown, MD of Ethos Asset Finance, has helped raise more than £18,000 during Harrogate’s first ever ‘CEO Sleepout’.
Chris himself surpassed his own £1,000 fundraising goal, finishing on a total of £1,445.
The overnight event – which began at 8pm and finished at 6am the following morning – saw a total of 22 businessmen and businesswomen take part in the charity endeavour to raise support for the town’s homeless.
The Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Bernard Bateman, was there at the start of the ten-hour fundraiser organised by CEO Sleepout, a national charity which was formed in 2013 with the aim of fighting homelessness and poverty. Since then nearly 2,000 CEO’s, business owners and leaders have raised just over £2m between them.
CEO Sleepout UK’s national co-ordinator Bianca Robinson said: “This is the first time that we have held an event in Harrogate. I would like to thank Chris who braved the elements, to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people across the district.
“The amount of money raised so far is in excess of £18k, which is phenomenal. It will go towards providing clothes, shelter and food for those who, for whatever reason, find themselves out on the streets.”
Chris Brown said of the experience: “This was a truly humbling experience. It has certainly made me appreciate what some people go through, not just once, but every single night of the week.
“It was a stark reminder as to how incredibly fortunate we are to have a warm, dry and safe home to go to. I hope that the money raised will go some way to making the lives of homeless men and women a little bit better.”