Beaverbrooks CEO and colleagues sleep rough to raise money for homeless charity

The Big Sleep Out

Beaverbrooks CEO Anna Blackburn and nine colleagues joined a group of 100 volunteers who slept rough on Friday night to raise money and awareness for homeless charity Streetlife.

The team had to face freezing cold wind and rain, but survived the night to raise over £20,000 for Streetlife.

Ms Blackburn, CEO of Beaverbrooks, said: “Although it was cold and uncomfortable, especially when the rain started to pour at 2am, sleeping on the street for one night is nothing in comparison to what some young people go through.

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“We got to go back to a warm and dry home after the fundraiser, yet homeless young people don’t have that luxury. It was an eye-opening experience and one that I will never forget.

“The Big Sleep Out does a fantastic job of raising awareness about homelessness and is credit to the Streetlife team who work tirelessly to support vulnerable young people.”

Beaverbrooks’ employee, Kim Hughes (pictured top left), joined The Sleep Out for the second year running and volunteers weekly at Streetlife’s eight-bed Night Shelter which the charity runs in Blackpool Town Centre.

Beaverbrooks encourages its colleagues to get involved in their local communities and gives all 900+ employees paid company time to volunteer.

For more information and to support Streetlife, please visit

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