Aycliffe Today editor Martin Walker swapped his bed for a night under the stars – and has so far helped to raise more than £45,000 for a homeless charity.
Martin and his colleagues at sister publication Tees Business were among 75 volunteers who slept rough at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium last week.
The stunt was to raise funds for CEO Sleepout, a national Middlesbrough-based charity which helps homeless and vulnerable people.
The event marked the 10th anniversary of CEO Sleepout, launched a decade ago by current Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston, which has raised £3.5m since its inception.
Martin and his team – including his business partner Dave Allan and Tees Business colleagues Vicky Thomas, Chris Garbutt and Nieve Morrison – have so far raised more than £2,800 between them, contributing to a whole group total of well over £45k and counting.
All funds raised will be shared between local charities CEO Sleepout and The Teesside Charity to distribute to causes supporting the most vulnerable Teessiders.
“Thank you to all clients, followers, friends and business acquaintances who so generously sponsored the Tees Business team,” said Martin.
“And a huge thank you to all my Aycliffe friends and business contacts who all contributed towards our efforts – it’s very much appreciated.”
The Tees Business team would still love to hit the £3k mark – you can donate online to Martin’s fundraising page by clicking here.