Fighting injustice - why I’m sleeping out so others may not need to

Our group CEO, Thalej Vasishta, will swap the office suite at our city centre address for a night under the stars in just a sleeping bag next month, as he joins business figures from across the country in the CEO Sleepout UK campaign.

 

Here’s Thal discussing the CEO Sleepout campaign, why he wanted to get involved and how you can too.

 

‘I began my career in law because I have a keen sense of justice and I wanted to help those that struggled to access it. I have been fortunate in my career that I have been able to pursue that dream but for many every day is an immense challenge.

 

‘Preventing Homelessness and ensuring that those that are in this unfortunate situation are cared for, as best as possible, is everybody's business. This is particularly so in a climate where report after report has confirmed that the situation is at crisis point.

 

‘Take a quick walk into town on your lunch break and you will see the scale of the situation. Every situation is different with regards people struggling to find a safe place to sleep or a roof over their heads. However, none of them have been helped by a chronic lack of funding, austerity and successive governments not addressing or pledging the support required by charities that are struggling to help.

 

‘This is where I and the charities that I am supporting need your help through a donation, however large or small, to address the disadvantage that the homeless face on a day to day and night to night basis.

 

‘I believe that no one chooses to be homeless and it is the cards that they have been dealt with, in life, which results in this. A lack of role models, mental health, relationship break-ups, domestic abuse, prison leavers, war veterans, care leavers, newly recognised refugees, those on low incomes or benefits. The trigger can be any or a combination of these factors.

 

‘In perspective, my contribution in terms of time is notably small and any funds raised will be a drop in the ocean compared to the resources that are needed but I want to do my bit where I can.

‘So, on October the 10th, I will sleep out for the night to experience just a little of that which the homeless experience every night on the streets. With your contribution to raise vital funds we will collectively help the incredible hard work of Emmanuel House, The Friary, Notts County Football in the Community and CEO Sleepout UK.

 

‘Your donation will help these charities in their work to ensure that there is a mechanism to reach out. To provide food, shelter, health and social care, education, advocacy and to ensure that homelessness prevention is properly embedded in Government, their agencies and society.’

 

To help Thal raise much needed funds for these critical support services and organisations, please visit his dedicated page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thal-vasishta

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe and they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity.

 

So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

 

Thank you.