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Sabbatical Officers and University Vice-Chancellor to take part in Portsmouth CEO Sleepout

Two of the Sabbatical Officers and University's Vice-Chancellor will give up their bed for one night to help those who don't have one.

VP Welfare and Community, Sophie Butler and VP Sports Charlotte Beaney alongside Professor Graham Galbraith will be joining leaders from across Portsmouth in the CEO Sleepout at Fratton Park on Thursday 4th April. 

The event, which is part of a national movement including CEO Sleepout, The Roberts Centre and Pompey in the Community, aims to raise awareness and money for charities which tackle homelessness and poverty across Portsmouth. All those taking part in the sleepout have pledged to raise at least £1,000.

Sophie said:

“Our ultimate goal is to help make Portsmouth a fairer and even better place in which to live, work and do business. This will only be a tiny insight into living without a roof, but it’s something that we can do to help people get back on their feet.“

Charlotte said: 

“We feel passionately about fundraising for this charity. Whilst we could never come close to what a rough sleeper would experience, this will raise vital funds and raise awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty,"

Graham added: 

“Homelessness and poverty is a growing and harrowing problem in our cities including Portsmouth. One night sleeping out is hardly representative of what it really feels like to sleep rough but hopefully this event will raise awareness of the plight of so many people. All of us who have the privilege of a home and a warm bed surely have a responsibility to do all that we can to help people who find themselves in difficulty.”

If you would like to support the event you can donate to Sophie and Charlotte's or Graham's JustGiving pages. 

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