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Sleeping Out in Manchester for Centrepoint

31 October 2019

For the third year running, The Co-operative Bank is inviting our colleagues, other local businesses and members of the public to take up the challenge of a Sleep Out to increase awareness of issues related to youth homelessness and highlight the life-changing work of our charity partner, Centrepoint, by sponsoring their Manchester fundraising event.

Centrepoint has been helping vulnerable young people for 50 years and demand for their services has definitely not reduced in that time. In Manchester alone, around 100 young people contact the charity’s Helpline for advice on housing every month and there are constant demands on their support services, which help 16 to 25 year olds get their lives back on track by supporting them into a safe home and a job.

Centrepoint’s annual Sleep Out events have raised thousands of pounds over the years, but this time the charity is aiming to raise a record-breaking £1 million with the help of fundraisers and supporters in cities across the UK.

In Manchester, the event will return to the Edwardian splendour of Victoria Baths on the night of Thursday 28 November. While the event won’t aim to replicate the harsh realities of rough sleeping, it will help people to understand the root causes of youth homelessness and raise vital funds to help tackle the issue head on.

Andrew Bester, CEO of The Co-operative Bank said: “We’re proud to once again sponsor Sleep Out Manchester, an event which gives those taking part a small insight into the harsh environment some young people are faced with night after night. Our colleagues have committed to the success of this event over the last three years, and some are taking part for the second or third time, while others have been inspired to take part of the first time this year to help raise much needed funds for our charity partner Centrepoint.

“Our customers and colleagues have already raised £1.1 million to support the valuable services Centrepoint provides in the Manchester and across the country. We hope the event on 28 November will build on the great Sleep Out events in previous years and raise even more money to aid Centrepoint’s work with homeless young people who urgently need help and support to get out of crisis.”

Centrepoint told us: “We have seen an increase in young people seeking Centrepoint’s support in Manchester and it is vital we raise awareness and funds to break this cycle.”

If you’d like to join us at the Sleep Out in Manchester or take part in a Centrepoint Sleep Out at another location, sign up using the links below. More on our partnership with Centrepoint here.

Manchester Sleep Out registration: sleepout.org.uk/manchester

Other Centrepoint Sleep Out locations: sleepout.org.uk

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