Leading online estate agent, eMoov.co.uk, are proud to announce that their CEO Russell Quirk has successfully participated in the London CEO Sleepout at Lord’s cricket ground, raising over £3,000 for charity.

The CEO Sleepout is a charity event to fight poverty and homelessness in the UK. The fight is supported with the funds raised by participating executives who sleep outdoors for one cold October night to raise money from business contacts, friends, and family.

The CEO Sleepout, a national initiative, is community driven and is committed to giving support to a variety of local charities in different host cities, that work hard to fight poverty and homelessness throughout the UK.

Andy Preston officially formed CEO Sleepout in December 2013 after two successful events in collaboration with the Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation which were held at Newcastle Utd FC and Middlesbrough FC.

The plight of the homeless and the lack of affordable social housing to help tackle the problem is an issue close to Russell’s heart. So it was a no brainer when he was approached to take part and he agreed to sleep rough for a night to raise awareness and money for those who have no choice but to sleep rough every night.

The experience of sleeping outside in the cold all night proved life-changing for him and many of the other CEOs who participated in the event and opened his eyes to the conditions faced by those living on the streets.

Founder and CEO of online estate agency eMoov.co.uk, Russell Quirk, commented:

“Most of us can’t imagine having to spend our nights sleeping rough on the streets no matter the weather and just one night of doing so really opened my eyes to the conditions these people face day in, day out.

Despite the many great charities campaigning for this cause, the issue of homelessness is largely ignored by many and more must be done to provide suitable social housing to give these people a helping hand.

Affordable housing isn’t just an issue for those trying to get a foot on the property ladder, and in fact, is far more important at this initial level for those who can’t afford to eat let alone buy a home.”

Russell Quirk initially set a target to raise £2000 for the event but moved his goal to £2500 after the initial mark was passed. That, too, was passed and donations topped £3,000.