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Former BCMS client sleeps rough for charity

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Would a night in a cardboard box be high on your list of things to do post sale?

Jon Neill, who sold an 80% stake in his Essex-based business Sportsafe UK to French sports and leisure equipment designer ABEO, has done just that. He spent a night sleeping rough, raising money for two different charities - The Samaritans and Beacon House, Colchester, which provides primary health care centre for homeless and vulnerable people.

Jon was one of a number of business leaders taking part in The Big Sleep Out in Castle Park, Colchester on May 6.

“This is not something either of us would usually enjoy,” Jon says. “However we are delighted to be taking part to raise funds for two very important charities.”

It’s worth remembering that successful entrepreneurs are often extremely generous with both time and money, and many are keen to ‘give something back’ to their communities. Jon – who has also spoken at one of BCMS’ acclaimed one-off events for entrepreneurs – is just one of many  BCMS clients involved in charitable activities and community projects. After selling their healthcare communications business with BCMS, Rob and Alisa Miller established their own charity for the homeless in London. 

It’s fair to say Saturday won’t have been the most comfortable night’s sleep Jon has ever had, but the good news is he has exceeded his target – you can still donate, of course, just follow this link.

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Posted May 2017
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