Charity sleepout in the City of London raises £30,000
Last month, Christian youth charity XLP (The eXceL Project) and St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate in the City of London came together to host a sleepout, raising in excess of £30,000 to help disadvantaged young people in the Capital.
Staff from local firms (including ING Bank, Hampshire Trust Bank, Indigo Planning, DP9, and Designer Wallpapers) were sponsored to sleep out on St Botolph’s court for a night to raise both funds for XLP and awareness of the charity’s work.
Located around the corner from one another, St Botolph’s and XLP have built up a strong relationship over the past 5 years, culminating in the charity sleepout. St Botolph’s have also helped facilitate a grant of £75,000 towards XLP’s ‘Ready for Work’ apprenticeship scheme, to be spread over a three-year period.
Founded in 1996, the charity XLP has grown from working in a single school to operating in over 75 schools and numerous communities across many London boroughs. As well as its ongoing work in schools, it also works on 22 inner London estates using both community facilities and its own double-decker bus.
Michael Horsley, XLP’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, who organised the event, said:
“This was a great chance for our corporate supporters to see the Church at the vanguard in helping to tackle social justice issues.”
Chris Watkins, Churchwarden at St Botolph’s, said:
“We were delighted to hear about the success of the sleepout at our St Botolph’s Day service, which fell shortly afterwards and was attended by several representatives of XLP. Well done to all concerned!”