Humbled by rough night
Businessman sleeps on streets to raise £10,000 for charity
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.”