Best Western, Sundial on board for Zibrant sleepout for charity

Over 20 meetings and events companies have signed up to join event management agency Zibrant for an overnight ‘sleepout’ fundraising event at its global operations offices in Derby, 29 March.
Participants include Best Western, Manchester United, NH, Red Carnation, Rezidor, Sundial and Thistle and Guoman hotels and venues.
The initiative is to raise money for the MD of Zibrant Operations Chris Parnham’s challenge to run the London marathon in aid of the youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint.
The aim is to have more than 100 meetings industry individuals, including Zibrant staff, sponsored to ‘sleep rough’ in the office car park, with a soup kitchen providing sustenance.
“We cannot, of course, really begin to appreciate the hardship faced by those living on the streets, but we hope that by encouraging some of the leading names in hospitality to spend a night in the cold that we can raise both funds and awareness for those living without a home,” says Parnham. “I also need all the support I can get in what will be my very first marathon”
Head of Fundraising at Centrepoint, John Raynham, says: “More than 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year in the UK, with many sleeping on the streets. Zibrant staff won’t be exposed to the same dangers that too many young people face on daily basis, but every penny they raise by taking part will help Centrepoint continue to provide vulnerable 16-25-year-olds with not only a safe place to stay, but also the support to leave homelessness behind.”
The sleepout event will take place on Thursday 29 March at Zibrant’s Derby offices at 2 Prospect Place, Millennium Way, Pride Park.
Chris Parnham will be running the London Marathon for Centrepoint on Sunday 22 April.
Companies or individuals wanting to be involved should contact Gareth Crowder at
The list of those signed up to participate includes:  Best Western, Capella, De Vere, Exclusive, Firoka, Flemings Mayfair, Malmaison, Melia, Menzies, Legacy,  NH, Q, Red Carnation, Rezidor, Royal Garden Kensington, Sundial and Thistle and Guoman hotel brands; Excel London, CCT Venues, the Pride Park Stadium, Manchester United, MWB group and National Motorcycle Museum venues; plus the Southwater Event Group.
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Paul Colston

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