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Blackpool’s business community raises £20,000 for sleeping under the stars

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Blackpool's business community raises £20,000 for sleeping under the stars

Blackpool’s business community came together for a night out it will never forget.

The resort’s homeless charity Streetlife have raised more than £20,000 from its recent Big Sleep Out event.

More than 100 people slept under the stars outside St John’s Church in the town centre to help raise awareness of homelessness in the resort.

Even before the event started, the charity had smashed its total of £11,000 raised at last year’s event.

Blackpool’s business community got involved again this year with representatives from Beaverbrooks, F Parkinson, Woodhouse Opticians, RTC and the Laptop Clinic all taking part.

Jane Hugo, chief executive of Streetlife, said: “We are delighted to raise so much money through the Big Sleep Out and we cannot thank the people who took part enough for their support and generosity.”

Streetlife currently provides support to over 400 young people each year by way of emergency accommodation, life-skills training, one-to-one support, assistance in finding more permanent accommodation and referrals to specialist agencies.

Go to www.wearestreetlife.org to find out how to help.

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Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.