Lee Charnley to Sleepout at St James' Park

Posted on the 30 November 2016

Lee Charnley to Sleepout at St James' Park

Few people spend as much time at St James’ Park as Lee Charnley – but that hasn’t stopped the Newcastle United managing director from signing up to spend the night sleeping by the side of the pitch.

He will be taking part in the fourth annual CEO sleepout and wants as many North East bosses as possible to sign up before the end of the month and join him in the fight against homelessness.

Last time a total of £80,000 was raised, making the Newcastle sleepout the largest outside London.

Funds raised during the sponsored sleepout on Thursday March 9 next year will be split between the Newcastle United Foundation, CEO Sleepout UK and Team Valley-based charity Changing Lives, whose chief executive Stephen Bell will also take part.

Newcastle United Foundation uses the funds to support its Homeless Football Club, as well as supporting community engagement programmes delivered in the community.

Over 80 vulnerable young people and adults who are currently facing homelessness, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, or facing mental health issues participate in their weekly homeless football sessions.

The Foundation also encourages participants to get involved in their Employability programmes such as Talent Match and League Works to support their transition back into employment.

The funds raised during last year’s CEO Sleepout event are helping Changing Lives provide guidance to people in crisis and help them avoid becoming homeless.

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation said: “We were completely overwhelmed by the level of support for last year’s event and we’re hoping that with the support of previous participants we can beat last year’s phenomenal total. We’re asking that anyone that took part asks someone else in their organisation to take over the mantle for 2017.

“We’d be delighted to see new faces too, as well as anyone who thinks they could brave the elements overnight at St James’ Park for a second time.”


Stephen Bell said: “This will be the fourth CEO Sleepout in Newcastle and I encourage more business leaders to take part, help us raise awareness and funds for the services needed here in the North East.

“In this period of austerity, which has hit some of the most disadvantaged in our community hardest, please join us in this challenge, let’s beat London’s record for the highest amount raised at a Sleepout”

Andy Preston from CEO Sleepout said: "We are really pleased to be working so closely with Newcastle United Foundation and Changing Lives again.

“CEO Sleepout Newcastle does incredible things for the community and connects businesses with the people of the North East."