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Staff from Coventry's Warwick Business School to sleep-out to raise funds for homeless and addiction charity

Coventry Editorial 5th Dec, 2021

A DIRECTOR and two academics from Warwick Business School will sleep outside to raise funds to help those affected by addiction and homelessness, writes Shnae Harrison.

Tomorrow night, December 6, at Birmingham City’s St Andrews Football Club, James Hayton, Pro-Dean and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr Nicola Burgess, Reader of Operations Management, and Karen Barker, Director of Recruitment and Marketing, will be taking on the challenge of sleeping outside that many face everyday.

The fund-raiser is part of a national charity CEO Sleepout to encourage local business people to raise money for homelessness charities.

Known as being the biggest department at Warwick University, the Business School has a long-standing relationship with the Birmingham-based charity, Changes UK.

Changes UK also works with business schools by delivering talks to undergraduates on addiction.

Steve Dixon, Founder and Chief Executive of Changes UK, said: “For too long the stigma around homelessness and addiction has stopped people getting the help that they need.

“Public perception is that addiction is a result of homelessness when the reality is that it is almost always the other way round.

“If the stigma around addiction did not exist people would not have to reach the crisis point of homelessness.”

The money raised by the CEO Sleepout charity event will help fund charities supporting rough sleepers and those who struggle with addiction.

To donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/team/WBS

 

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