Staff to join Big Teesside Sleepout

Posted: 25-10-2017 - 429 view(s)

How would you like to spend a chilly November night sleeping under the stars?

Staff to join Big Teesside SleepoutWell that is exactly what a team of Stockton Riverside College staff have signed up to do in an effort to raise awareness and funds for homelessness and poverty in the local area.

The group of 14 teachers, managers and support staff, will be among those braving the elements at the Big Teesside Sleepout at Ormesby Hall on November 10.

While the college’s director of business development, Michelle Elliott, will be showing them how its done at the CEO Sleepout at Preston Park next week.

Michelle said: “We are always keen to do our bit to support good causes in our surrounding community. The sleepout is a fantastic event which not only raises important funds but is also a real eye opener to the poverty that exists right here on our doorsteps.”

While she admits that spending a night out in the open comes with some trepidation, she said: “It is just one night for us and we can come prepared with our sleeping bags and flasks, whereas for many people the fear of nights spent out in the cold could be their reality this winter.”

Organised by the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, the Big Teesside Sleepout aims to change people’s perceptions of the homeless while the money raised will help to stock local food banks and provide children’s presents to the Salvation Army Toy Appeal.

Previous Big Tees Sleepout events have raised £99,000 – so this event will see the Foundation break through the £100,000 milestone, most of which has already been donated to local organisations committed to helping those suffering from homelessness or poverty.

Show your support by sponsoring the college team at or Michelle at

Photographs by Doug Moody Photography