Business leaders from across County Durham and the North East will be trading in their beds for sleeping bags next year as they spend a night sleeping ‘rough’ in the Cloister of Durham Cathedral.

Those braving the elements will be giving up on any luxuries for a night to raise money for CEO Sleepout, a nationwide initiative which brings senior level executives together to fight poverty in the regions where they live and work.

CEO Sleepout also supports homelessness charities such as Depaul and the Cardinal Hume Centre and recently some of the money raised by the group has gone towards to funding a new restaurant in Middlesbrough, The Fork (in The Road), which gives opportunities to recovering addicts, ex-offenders and the long term unemployed.

The CEO Sleepout in Durham will take place on Monday 24 April from 8pm – 6am in the Cloister of Durham Cathedral, giving senior level executives the opportunity to experience the harsh realities of homelessness.

Please find attached a full media release, along with a photograph of James Rambotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, Alison Gittins, Membership Manager for Durham Business Club, and Andy Preston, founder and Chairman of CEO Sleepout.

James, Alison and Andy will all be participating in the sleepout at Durham Cathedral on 24 April. If you would like to arrange an interview with Andy Preston, please let us know.

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