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A-Plant MD sleeping out to support the homeless

A-Plant, the second largest non-operated plant, tool and equipment hire company in the UK, is firmly lending its support to a major fundraising event taking place at the Old Spitalfields Market in London tonight to help raise funds for the care of homeless young people.

Mark Pudney, A-Plant’s Managing Director for Sales, has volunteered to give up his bed for the night to take part in the Centrepoint Sleep Out 2009. Mark will join 450 other supporters sleeping rough at Old Spitalfields to help raise funds and show solidarity for the homeless. Mark will take part alongside members of the community regeneration team at Mace Sustain, who works closely with Centrepoint.

Centrepoint houses and supports 830 homeless young people between the ages of 16 and 25 every night. The aim of the annual Sleep Out event is to make a stand against youth homelessness and to help raise £250,000 to continue to provide services for homeless young people in 2010. The event does not recreate homelessness but it is intended to show the harsh realities of being homeless in London, with the discomfort of sleeping on boxes amongst the bright lights of the city night and the noise of street cleaners, public transport and late night revellers.

Since the Sleep Out event was launched five years ago, some of the UK’s most high profile companies have taken part, and Mark will be joined by a host of famous faces at this year’s Sleep Out, including Centrepoint ambassador and ‘Loose Women’ presenter Lisa Maxwell, Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon, star of ‘The Apprentice’ Michelle Dewberry and former ITN newsreader Ed Mitchell who experienced homelessness first hand two years ago.

Mark Pudney said: “I’m delighted to be able to show A-Plant’s support for this very worthy cause and help raise awareness about the ever growing problem of homelessness. In the harshest economic environment ever faced in recent years, it’s more important than ever before to try and help the cause for vulnerable homeless young people. We’re hoping to raise as much money as possible for Centrepoint.”

Centrepoint is the leading national charity working to improve the lives of homeless young people. Since the organisation was founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 70,000 individuals. Working directly with young people in Greater London and the North East, Centrepoint provides emergency accommodation, support, information and training for homeless young people.