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Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner and the Bishop of Birmingham David Urquhart have both signed up to join Ashley Giles and spend an evening sleeping rough at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium as part of a fundraising drive to help address homelessness.

Faulkner has signed up as part of a team of 11 from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) and Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) to take part in the second Edgbaston Sleepout on Thursday 26 April, whilst the Bishop will be joined by colleagues for a team of 14 from Church of England Birmingham.

It’s great that as a Chamber we can help support a fantastic cause, such as the Edgbaston Foundation, and raise funds and awareness for such an important issue such as homelessness.

Paul Faulkner, CEO of GBCC & ABCC

The Edgbaston Sleepout now has more than 50 sleepers signed up, including teams from Virgin Media and Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, to help raise funds for homeless charities through Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s Edgbaston Foundation.

Birmingham-based recording artist, television presenter and ambassador Jamelia, has also pledged support to the Edgbaston Sleepout and will be visiting on the evening to meet all fundraisers.

Paul Faulkner, said: “I’m delighted that myself and so many members of the GBCC and ABCC are able to take part in this fantastic fundraising event.

“It’s great that as a Chamber we can help support a fantastic cause, such as the Edgbaston Foundation, and raise funds and awareness for such an important issue such as homelessness.”

The Edgbaston Foundation aims to influence positive social change within Warwickshire CCC’s local community and its annual Sleepout is its flagship annual fundraising event, with all sponsorship funds used to support its lead partner St Basils and other homeless charities.

On the night, all participants will receive a behind the scenes tour of Edgbaston and take part in a cricket net session with Warwickshire CCC Sport Director and former England bowler Ashley Giles, who is also taking part in the event.

Bishop of Birmingham David Urquhart, said: “This year’s Sleepout at Edgbaston Cricket Ground is gathering support. There is still time to commit to joining in by spending the night on the terraces and by raising money for the homeless. I look forward to seeing many friends and colleagues there!”

For further details about the Edgbaston Sleepout or to register to take part, please email foundation@edgbaston.com.