Notts County recently held a CEO Sleepout at Meadow Lane to raise money and awareness for local homeless charities.Local CEOs and club representatives descended on Meadow Lane last week to sleep out under the stars pitchside or in the concourse of the Derek Pavis Stand.
Each participant raised money in sponsorship, which will go towards supporting the homeless in Nottingham.
Club chaplain Liam 'Rev' O'Boyle said: “It took all the romance out of sleeping under the stars that’s for sure, even on the hallowed turf of Meadow Lane!
"It was a very humbling experience – I think I got to sleep around 3am before waking up to a dawn chorus of snoring echoing round the ground!
"Sleeping outside gave you a real appreciation of how tough it must be to live on the streets and how vulnerable you feel. It's scary to think some people in our city have to do this every night without the luxury we all had of spending the next night in our warm comfy beds.
"It was also a real privilege to be with such a great bunch of people – none of the chief execs and others had to take part – they all chose to raise much-needed money and awareness to help tackle homelessness in Nottingham – showing what fantastic people we’ve got in the city and county and how, when we work together, we really can make a big difference.
"Like others from the club, I was really proud that Notts County hosted Nottingham’s very first CEO Sleepout. A massive thank you to Football in the Community and to everyone who contributed or gave money to help some of the most vulnerable people in our city and county.”
Notts County Ladies' CEO Matt Alexander added: "Thanks so much to everyone that sponsored me for the CEO Sleepout.
"It was a real-eye opener for me and despite the 'event' side of it, I came out thoughtful of how I can do more in the future.
"The total raised by everyone so far is well over £40k which is amazing."