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Pompey Helping To Tackle Homelessness

Mark Catlin taking part in CEO Sleepout

28 March 2018

CEO Sleepout
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin is pictured with The News editor Mark Waldron and Pompey in the Community CEO Clare Martin. Photo: Habibur Rahman/The News

Mark Catlin will help raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness in Portsmouth by spending a night sleeping on the Fratton Park pitch.

Pompey’s chief executive will join other industry leaders by taking part in the ‘CEO Sleepout’ on Monday, April 16.

A national fundraising initiative, it will see executives around the country give up their beds for a night.

The Blues are hosting Portsmouth’s efforts and those joining Mark on the pitch will include Pompey in the Community CEO Clare Martin, editor of The News Mark Waldron and council leader Donna Jones.

Mark Catlin said: “Portsmouth is one of the most passionate cities in the country and also one of the most caring, so this club will do whatever we can help improve the lives of those living in it.

"Portsmouth is one of the most passionate cities in the country and also one of the most caring."

Mark Catlin

“With all the wealth that this country possesses, homelessness is a big problem that is solvable. If we can help raise awareness and funds to achieve this goal, then we obviously want to be a part of it.”

Clare Martin added: “We run many projects with the homeless and people in really desperate situations – and there is always a story behind the person.

“I am left thinking that finding yourself suddenly without a home and without a bed is something that could happen to anyone. One poor decision, a broken relationship or bereavement is all it takes.

“So it is vital that those of us who are able to help do just that. This event won’t just raise much-needed funds, but also awareness of the plight of so many local people. Please donate whatever you can to support those in need in our city.”

You can donate to this worthwhile cause by clicking here or texting ‘PITC17’ along with the amount you wish to donate in pounds (eg, PITC17 £10) to 70070.

Money raised will be split between the Society of Saint James, Pompey in the Community and the national CEO Sleepout initiative, as well as several smaller charities that work with the homeless in Portsmouth.


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