Boss beds down to support military veterans

A company boss will be taking things lying down to raise funds for a charity.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 7:00 am
Ross Oakley, managing director of RWO.

Ross Oakley managing director of RWO, will join dozens of other business leaders from across the region on May 24, in the CEOSleepout, spending the night in his sleeping bag under the stars at Alnwick Gardens to support the efforts of Walking With The Wounded, a charity supporting military veterans and their families in the North East.

The charity works with former service personnel to help them use their military skills to find work in the civilian workplace.

It also helps vulnerable veterans and families, who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service, including veterans have become homeless.

RWO, an engineering firm based in Seaton Burn, has worked previously with the charity, providing structural engineering expertise around the development of the charity’s new North East Hub in Gateshead, which provides support for the local ex-service community.

Ross aims to raise £1,000, which the charity will use to support many of its local projects.

He said: “I wanted to pledge my support for a charity that does tremendous work and do something positive to help those less fortunate.

"The motivation for me is to show some solidarity for disadvantaged veterans, raising money for a great cause.”

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CEO Sleepout is encouraging kind-hearted business and community leaders to spend a night sleeping outdoors to raise money to help fight homelessness and poverty in across the North East region.