Cold and Wet but CEF spirits are high

Part of a campaign by St Basils to raise £750,000 to support their young residents, the Big Sleepout saw hundreds of people join together with nothing but a sleeping bag and some cardboard to stave off the wild November weather.

CEF general manager Mike Bishop who took part in the event said: ‘This was an amazing, if uncomfortable, experience but it really brought home to us the plight of those people for whom homelessness is a necessity rather than a choice.’

Despite the weather the team spirit remained high and although they didn’t get much sleep they were motivated by the fact that they raised nearly £12,000 on their JustGiving site.

Charles Beddows, managing director of CEF said: ‘This was a great achievement for the CEF team and one which we hope will continue to highlight the fantastic work which is carried out by St Basils with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across the Midlands. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of family, friends, customers and suppliers the team raised a fabulous amount which CEF Senior Managing Director, Thomas Hartland-Mackie will double, bringing the total donated up to £24,000.’

If you would like to make a donation you can still do so at the CEF Just Giving page:, or you can find out more about the charity at 

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