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Businessmen Sleeping Rough as Health & Safety Calls

Posted on: September 21st, 2013 by Jules
Whitstable Times 26th September

Whitstable Times 26th September 2013: Business leaders sleep rough to highlight homeless appeal.

Some of Canterbury’s best known business leaders have been spotted sleeping rough.

Jonathan Watts was seen leaving behind the comfy beds and sofas of his store, Lenley’s in Roper Road, with a sleeping bag under his arm and a few woolly jumpers to bed down for the night.

And he wasn’t the only one.

It was an initiative of the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise, which invited local business leaders and senior public servants to “Sleep Out” to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in Canterbury and to raise funds for Porchlight and Catching Lives, two local charities.

“I know that sleeping out a night in the open does not exactly measure up to the other challenges that some (yes only some!) of you have undertaken, but for a softie like me it could prove at best uncomfortable and at worse bloody cold, uncomfortable and body changing,” Jonathan said on his JustGiving page.

Jonathan was on target to raise more than £1,000 with fellow vagabond businessmen Paul Barrett and Richard Davis also clocking in over more than a grand. “Ive raised just over £1K so far and whole event will be well in excess of £20K.” Said Jonathan.


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Keeping up with health & safety is the bug bear for many small businesses and with this in mind the Pilgrims Hospice has put together a one-day course on Emergency First Aid at Work

The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations of 1981 require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they become injured or ill at work.

This course complies with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations and enables delegates to be able to deal with a variety of emergencies in the workplace safely and effectively.

At the end of the course delegates will receive a Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) – subject to successful completion and a first aid manual for future reference.

The course runs Oct. 3 from 9am to 4pm at the Ann Robertson Centre, 55 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8HQ. Cost is £75 including a light lunch & certificates. For enquiries ring: 01227 812616.

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