Chess Homeless – Super Sleepout
Last Wednesday, six members of Ascend Broking participated in the remarkable Essex Super Sleepout charity fundraiser. They braved a night sleeping rough at The Essex County Cricket Ground to raise funds for two worthy charities: CHESS Homeless Charity in Chelmsford and the Essex Cricket Foundation. CHESS Homeless Charity provides support for homeless individuals through temporary accommodation, 1-1 support, mental health and wellbeing courses, and guidance to external agencies when needed. The Essex Cricket Foundation focuses on developing cricketers and enhancing the cricket environment in Essex. They offer Disability Cricket, Women & Girls initiatives, and street programmes across the county, ensuring people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to experience the sport. Marianne, Stuart and Freddy from Ascend, along with Lianne and Lucy from SMP Healthcare, joined the sleepout event, spending the night in Chelmsford cricket club stands from 10pm to 6.30am. Arriving at 8pm, they joined six other participants, equipped with sleeping bags, pillows, and snacks. After being provided with hats and hand warmers, they played a game of cricket before attempting to sleep.