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Lord’s hosts London’s biggest CEO Sleepout

Mike Brearley (left) and Mike Gatting held a Q&A session
Mike Brearley (left) and Mike Gatting held a Q&A session

Over 200 CEOs, business leaders and MPs slept outside at Lord’s on Monday 31 October to raise money for a number of homelessness charities.

The event was the biggest CEO Sleepout ever held in London, and generated around £180,000. 

The evening began with a reception and Q&A session in the Long Room with former England captains Mike Gatting and Mike Brearley.

Many sleepers then enjoyed a coaching session in the MCC Cricket Academy before bedding down for the night in the Mound Stand. 

sleepout 300MCC Chief Executive, Derek Brewer and the Club's Head of Sales, Nick Kenton were among the sleepers, along with ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison and ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor.

Former Arsenal, Tottenham and England defender Sol Campbell and his wife Fiona Barratt-Campbell also slept out alongside a 12-strong team from Fiona Barratt Interiors.

A number of Parliamentarians were also among the sleepers including London Conservative MPs David Burrowes, Stephen Hammond and David Mackintosh - who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness.

The sleepers were raising funds for homelessness charities CEO Sleepout UK, Depaul, the Cardinal Hume Centre, and YMCA North London. 

Mike Gatting, 2014 MCC President and former England captain, said: "This is a brilliant idea to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in the UK – and 200 VIPs sleeping out in the stands at the Home of Cricket is quite a sight!"

CEO Sleepout UK Founder Andy Preston said: "This is undoubtedly the greatest CEO Sleepout we have ever done. The turnout has been amazing, the venue is stunning and we are hoping fundraising records will be smashed."

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Former England footballer Sol Campbell joined the sleepout

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