Hum­bled by rough night

Busi­ness­man sleeps on streets to raise £10,000 for char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

Martin Bar­lett, vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions and fi­nance at healthy living com­pany Her­bal­ife, in Hare­field Road, joined 15 other busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives at Pater­nos­ter Square, in cen­tral Lon­don, on Thurs­day, March 26.

The event was or­gan­ised by the com­pany’s cho­sen char­ity, Ac­tion for Chil­dren, which ex­pects to rake in more than £150,000 from the night.

Mr Bar­lett said: “It was very hum­bling to par­tic­i­pate in this in­cred­i­ble ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness for Ac­tion for Chil­dren.

“I spoke to a 23-yearold who was re­jected by his par­ents aged nine, who then spent years trav­el­ling from foster home to foster home, even­tu­ally end­ing up sleep­ing rough.

“He was abused, faced with vi­o­lence – what he ex­pe­ri­enced was unimag­in­able. Now through Ac­tion for Chil­dren, this young man has a sta­ble home and has a fo­cus.

“I am very proud and grate­ful to all of my col­leagues around the world for their tremen­dous sup­port in help­ing me raise money for this won­der­ful Her­bal­ife Fam­ily Foun­da­tion char­ity.”

Ac­cord­ing to the char­ity Cen­tre­point, 80,000 chil­dren and young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence home­less­ness ev­ery year and one in three will at­tempt to take their own life.

The money raised from the char­ity’s sec­ond CEO Sleepout will help vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies, as well as fund­ing emer­gency home ser­vices around the UK. Ac­tion for Chil­dren of­fers prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port to the coun­try’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and young peo­ple.

The char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sir Tony Hawk­head, said: “Hav­ing some of the top UK busi­ness lead­ers sup­port­ing our work for a sec­ond year is in­cred­i­ble, par­tic­u­larly when rough sleep­ing has been go­ing up in Lon­don over the past five years.

“The money raised tonight will help to keep more vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple safe and off the streets.”

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