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Raising £2,300 for homelessness in Manchester

This month Digital Infrastructure’s CEO Charlie Ruddy took part in the CEO Sleepout in Manchester to fight homelessness.
By
Emma Reay, Communications Officer
28.10.2021
This month Digital Infrastructure’s CEO Charlie Ruddy took part in the CEO Sleepout in Manchester to fight homelessness.

Manchester’s most compassionate business leaders came together, giving up their beds for one night to sleep out at Emirates Old Trafford to raise funds for homelessness.

Charlie raised over £2,300 for the national charity who work hard to combat poverty and homelessness throughout the whole of the UK. We recently spoke to Charlie about his experience…

 

Why did you take part in the CEO sleepout?

 

“I took part in the CEO sleepout to shine a light on homelessness and play my part in trying to raise as much funds as possible for the respective charities. People being without shelter or food should not be the legacy that this generation leaves for others to fix.”

 

What does the cause mean to you?

 

“Being homeless is not a choice, it’s a series of circumstances that forces people to live in some terrible conditions. We can all do better to create an environment that allows everyone to enjoy the essentials in life such as a safe comfortable dwelling and a warm meal.”

 

Tell us about your experience!

 

“We listened to stories told being about the experiences of others which was very moving. It was only one night but I can imagine what it would be like on your wellbeing if this was over a protracted period. We all had the luxury of knowing we were going home in our cars, resting in a comfortable bed, jumping in a warm shower, and eating a warm meal. I felt something of a fraud as whilst we got a very small taste of what it is like it does not replicate the pain and anguish, loneliness that everyone must go through daily.”

 

350,000 people are homeless in the UK and Ireland, including 6,000 ex-veterans. As a business we feel we must actively do more to help.

 

60 people attended the CEO sleepout, raising a total of £50,000! The funds were divided between five charities working on the frontline of homelessness across Greater Manchester: Walking with the wounded, Diane Modahl sports foundation, Barnabus Manchester, Lancashire cricket foundation and CEO sleepout UK.