Gloucestershire business community sleeps out for homeless

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More than 70 of Gloucestershire’s most well-known business people, including our own Commercial Director Kirsty Muir, spent one night sleeping rough to raise money and awareness for county charity Caring for Communities and People (CCP).

On October 10, 2018 people around the world  marked World Homeless Day to raise awareness and do their bit to help change the lives of homeless people in their local community

World Homeless Day is an annual event on the 10th of October. The concept of ‘World Homeless Day’ emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world. The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010. Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries. The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

The great and the good of the Gloucestershire community hunkered down on the pitch at Kingsholm Stadium in donated sleeping bags to experience just one night in the cold.

Cordell Ray, Chief Executive of CCP, said: “Gathering together high-profile business leaders in this way highlights the plight of the homeless and gives those participating just a taste of what it is like to have to sleep rough.”

Kirsty said: “It was really humbling. I can’t imagine what it would be like to sleep rough every day for weeks or months, rather than just one day. After the night we had to go to work without showering or a change of clothes.”

All proceeds raised are helping CCP provide accommodation for homeless young people and continue its pioneering work with families to help prevent homelessness in the first place.

You can still donate at.

The final total will be announced this evening at the annual Gloucestershire Business Awards – when many of those who spent the night in the cold will be showered and dressed to impress – well aware that they will be in stark contrast to those they helped to raise money for last night.

The brave souls sleeping out included:

Abbey Guilding – Wiggly Worm

Alison Beddoes and trustees – Emmaus Gloucestershire

Simon David, Chris Barry and Nick Fancourt – Thomas Legal

Clare Marchant – UCAS

Colin Reed – Sandler Training

Darren Prestbury  – Prestbury Marketing

David Owen – GFirst LEP

Giles Cross – Folk 2 Folk

Hannah Williams – Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Ian Renton – Cheltenham Racecourse

Jenny Raymond – Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Jim Stevenson – Jelf Insurance Brokers

Kirsty Muir – Business & Innovation Magazine

Joe Graham  – Adjacency Recruitment

Jo Watton – Fig Offices

Jonathan Viney – Simplicity

Kevan Blackadder – Cheltenham BID

Mark Vincent – Applied Change

Michael Chittenden – Manor by the Lake

Michael Ratcliffe –  CCP Chair of Trustees and Ratcliffe Insurance Brokers

Oliver Bruce – Pin Point Media

Debora Lee and Peter Lachecki – Glos Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Russell Marchant –  Hartpury College

Ruth Dooley  – Hazlewoods

Suzanne Hall-Gibbins – Circle 2 Success

Chris Mears – Santander

William Rendall and Tom Potts – Smart Computers

Tim Beighton – MPH Vehicle Solutions

Rachel Kent – Ecotricity

Avril Couchman – Planterama Designs

Dave Scobie – All Fleet Services

Debbie Bird  – Able Growth

Henry Herbert – Hobbs House Bakery

Jenny Jarvis – Prestbury Marketing

Mark Cummings – BBC Radio Glos

Nicole Archer – Cotswold Life

Michael West – NatWest Business Banking

Millie Williams – Queens Head Longford

Nick Bracey  -Brace Creative

Robert Weaver -Tewkesbury Borough Council

Roman Cooper – Allcooper

Terry Croft – The Clarence

Tim Watkins – Randall & Payne


Cordell Ray – CEO CCP

Camilla Lewington – CCP

Phil Vickery

Phil Coley – i Plus Marketing (marketing sponsor)

Chris Creed and Rob Owen – Creed Foodservice ( food sponsor)

Daniel Walton – OL Pro (Sleeping bag Sponsor)

Colour Connection (printing Sponsor)

Gloucester Rugby (venue Sponsor)