Charity CEO to spend a night on the streets
Published by Porchlight for Porchlight in Housing and also in Communities
Mike Barrett, Porchlight Chief Executive
Mike Barrett, Chief Executive of homelessness charity Porchlight, is taking part in a sponsored sleepout to raise awareness of the plight of rough sleepers.
The sleepout, organised by the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise, is taking place on 20th September in the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral. Mike will be joined by other local business people and civic leaders including Executive Chair of Canterbury City Partnership, Bob Jones, Canterbury City Council Chief Executive, Colin Carmichael and Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Heather Taylor.
Sleepout Co-ordinator John Morgan said: “The idea for this event came to me when I saw that the CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (of which I am a member) took part in a Sleepout that involved 3,000 CEOs and raised the equivalent of £3 Million.”
This sleepout will be on a much smaller scale with 70 bed spaces available but still hopes to raise a substantial amount of money to boost the work of both Porchlight and Catching Lives.
Mr. Barrett said: “We are so grateful to the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise for their ongoing support and dedication to the work we do, I am proud to be taking part in this event. In a time of increased demand for our services and when statutory funding is being cut, it is us, the community, who need to stand up for the most vulnerable and excluded members of our society.”
Last year, Porchlight’s reactive rough sleeper service conducted 470 searches for rough sleepers across Kent and Medway and helped 290 people off the streets.
If you would like to sponsor Mike you can donate online http://www.justgiving.com/mike-barrett-porchlight
To find out more about the event visit www.rotarysleepout.org