Why Liverpool and what we can do: The English Indices of Deprivation ranked Liverpool the most deprived local authority area in England. This has meant 24% of children in Liverpool were living in poverty in 2014, higher than the national average of 20%. Similarly, 20% of pensioners were living below the poverty line in 2014, again higher than the national average of 15%.
With Together Liverpool we want to make a significant difference to these statistics. Therefore we are partnering with charities Everton in the Community and CEO Sleepout UK to host the first CEO Sleepout in Liverpool on the 26th March, 2014.
Chief executives and leading business figures will spend the night on the grounds of Everton Football Club at Goodison Park, in a vital bid to raise funds for Merseyside’s marginalised and disadvantaged. CEO Sleepout will see business leaders give up their bed to help those who don’t have one. In 2014 13,900 households were accepted as officially homeless by councils across England.
Previous CEO Sleepouts raised an average of £1,000 per participant with Newcastle’s CEO Sleepout raising an impressive £56,000. We believe Liverpool’s CEO Sleepout will be as much of a success, and will help to transform many lives in the area.
Building on solid foundations: Working with Together Liverpool and the Diocese of Liverpool, Church Urban Fund have supported nearly 400 local projects to a value of £4.2million. We believe the CEO Sleepout gives us a substantial platform for the growth of the Together Network which aims to enhance, grow, and transform the church's engagement with poverty.
Who is involved?
For the full list of participants and the highest fundraisers go to: http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/liverpool.html
How to get involved: To take part, to donate, or for more information contact Elissa Flindell at Church Urban Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org 02078981091 or visit the website http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/liverpool.html.
Author: Lynsey Robinson
Date: 13 March 2015
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