Canary Wharf business leaders sleep rough
It's not often you see someone sleeping rough around Canary Wharf. It's even less often that it's a managing partner of a leading law firm.
David Bickerton of Upper Bank Street's Clifford Chance took to the bridge at West India Quay on Thursday night to raise money for a homeless charity.
He was one of 33 business leaders from Clifford Chance, Barclays Capital, BNY Mellon, Credit Suisse, KPMG, Citi, Moody's, Skadden, Fitch Ratings, Ogilvy Mather and Zeus Caps who swapped beds for the cold pavement.
They were fundraising for Centrepoint, which works with 1,000 homeless 16 to 25-year-olds each year.
The group were promoting West India Quay Sleep Out 2013 which will sees Centrepoint ask people for £1,000 of sponsorship to spend the night on the streets in November.
Seyi Obakin, Centrepoint's chief executive said: "Sleep Out is unique in raising the issue of youth homelessness and giving a glimpse of what it's like to sleep out on the cold streets of London.
"Young people are doing this every night, without the protection of security, a canopy keeping the rain off and friends supporting them. We urge you to support us, so we can give young people the support they need to live an independent and positive life"