It is our absolute pleasure to announce that our sponsored sleep out on the streets of Manchester with CEO Sleep Out raised just under £50,000 for homelessness charities.
£46,500 was the final total for Manchester, which is nothing short of incredible, and an amount that will make a real difference to the lives of so many.
Our very own CEO Gareth Joseph Haggerty found himself in the top 10 fundraisers list, but this was a real team effort with our COO Lea Cartwright making sure everything was in place prior to them deploying to the streets.
Homelessness in general is a growing issue in the UK, and something that affects ex-forces personnel at an alarmingly high rate.
The sleep out event was designed to raise awareness to some of the struggles that homeless people face, whilst raising much needed funds for our chosen charity Walking With the Wounded.
These struggles don’t make for pleasant reading…
Just the other day for instance, a homeless, ex-armed forces man passed away overnight due to freezing conditions, whilst another homeless person was set alight in an unprovoked attack a few days earlier.
It beggars belief that we live in a society where men and women who have served their country are allowed to die in doorways. It beggars belief that anyone is allowed to suffer in this way.
We all have to take responsibility.
At Court Enforcement Specialists, our commitment to ex-forces personnel is something that we’re extremely proud of, with the vast majority of our enforcement agents having served in the forces themselves.
They have already done their bit, it’s time for us to give back.
We provide a career, we provide options and we provide hope.
The individuals we employ are hard working, highly skilled and extremely motivated. We are of the opinion that you simply will not find a more deserving and devoted pool of potential workers.
We would encourage any industry to take a leaf out of our book, and to invest in ex-forces personnel in terms of time, training and employment opportunities.
The career prospects of many veterans are generally considered to be fewer than those of the civilian population, which is partly why we see so many ex-forces people on the streets.
By raising awareness and much needed funds with events such as the sleep out, we hope to highlight the problem. By continuing to provide employment, training and investment, we hope to help to solve it.
To find out more about our commitment to ex-forces employment opportunities, get in touch today.
If you are former armed forces and you may need help or you may know someone who does, please get in touch with Walking With the Wounded direct on the details below:
Name Scott Duncan
Position Welfare and Employment Officer
Telephone 0161 205 9287