The Newcastle Foundation Continues Its Leadership Role

The Newcastle United Foundation will now be taking an even bigger leadership role in the local community now that Rafa Benitez has joined the club and wants almost everything Newcastle to revolve around the Newcastle United Football Club.

We have already seen how keen Rafa is for the club and his players to become involved in the many and various Charity drives the Newcastle Foundation are associated with.

The latest one is the fourth annual CEO sleepout and Managing Director Lee Charnley  – Newcastle’s Chief Executive – wants as many North East executives  as possible to sign up before the end of the month and join him in the fight against homelessness.


Lee Charnley – involved in CEO Sleepout

What they are signing up for is to spend the night sleeping by the side of the St. James’ Park pitch overnight  to experience what it’s like in the cold of winter for homeless people.

Last year  £80K was raised in the Newcastle drive, making it the largest one outside of London.

The sponsored sleepout will be on Thursday, March 9th next year, so plenty of time for the CEOs to get some training in before then.


The money raised will be split between the Newcastle United Foundation, CEO Sleepout UK and Team Valley-based charity Changing Lives, whose Chief Executive Stephen Bell will also take part.

The Newcastle United Foundation uses the funds it gets to support its Homeless Football Club, as well as supporting community engagement programs delivered locally.

Over 80 vulnerable young people and adults in the area who are facing homelessness, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, or facing mental health issues participate in the weekly homeless football sessions provided by the Foundation.

The funds raised during last year’s CEO Sleepout event are also helping the Changing Lives charity to provide guidance to people in crisis and help them avoid becoming homeless.

Any business leaders who need more information, or would like to sign up, should visit CEO Sleep Out Newcastle.

They can also contact Sarah Medcalf at the Newcastle United Foundation email – – or contact Judith Woods at Changing Lives email –

Sarah Medcalf, development manager at Newcastle United Foundation said this:

“We were completely overwhelmed by the level of support for last year’s event and we’re hoping that with the support of previous participants we can beat last year’s phenomenal total.”

“We’re asking that anyone that took part asks someone else in their organisation to take over the mantle for 2017.”

“We’d be delighted to see new faces too, as well as anyone who thinks they could brave the elements overnight at St James’ Park for a second time.”

The CEO of the Changing Lives Charity Stephen Bell had this to say:

“This will be the fourth CEO Sleepout in Newcastle and I encourage more business leaders to take part, help us raise awareness and funds for the services needed here in the North East.”

“In this period of austerity, which has hit some of the most disadvantaged in our community hardest, please join us in this challenge, let’s beat London’s record for the highest amount raised at a Sleepout”

And Andy Preston, Chairman and founder of CEO Sleepout said:

“We are really pleased to be working so closely with Newcastle United Foundation and Changing Lives again.”

“CEO Sleepout Newcastle does incredible things for the community and connects businesses with the people of the North East.”

It would be great if we can all help and pull together to beat the £80K raised last year and it looks like Lee Charnley is in the lead for Newcastle United on this one – that’s also great to see.