THE managing director of Morpeth’s Mitsubishi dealership has raised over £1,500 for a homeless charity after taking part in the nationwide CEO Sleepout.

Will Blackshaw, who heads up the team at Blackshaws Mitsubishi on Coopies Lane, was one of 30 local business leaders who took part in the Northumberland event of the national CEO Sleepout on the night of Monday 20th November.

Bedding down for the night in Alnwick Gardens, Will had a cardboard box, sleeping bag and three tops to help battle the temperature of only three degrees, but he still found the cold an eye-opening challenge.

Will, who has also completed the Great North Run four times for charity, said: “The cold from the concrete was probably the worst, and while I had more layers to put on, I didn’t want to move in case I lost any warmth. Together with a talk earlier in the evening from people who had been homeless and had had to sleep rough, it was a very humbling experience.

“It does bring it home to you how lucky you are and that the problems you might have, like trying to resolve a couple of issues at work, are nothing compared to what the homeless endure day in, day out. I’m very pleased to have raised over £1,500 for CEO Sleepout and would like to thank everyone who sponsored me. For anyone who wants to help the homeless, donating to the CEO Sleepout charity is one of the best ways possible.”

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