The UK’s largest Sleep Out event launches partnership with Philips and Centrepoint

November 1, 2011

London, UK – Philips is proud to announce Centrepoint as its UK charity partner.  Providing hope for over 1,200 of the UK’s most marginalized young people between the ages of 16-25 each year, Centrepoint is the leading charity for homeless young people. As a health and wellbeing company which encourages a healthier lifestyle, Philips will be supporting the charity’s Health Team which offers counselling services and healthy living workshops to these young people giving them the chance of a better future.


To launch the partnership Philips will be the headline supporter of the charity’s 7th annual Sleep Out which kicks off its “Home for Christmas” campaign.

On 10th November, 650 volunteers will give up their beds for the night to take part in the largest Sleep Out of its kind. It will bring the ‘sleepers’ a step closer to the reality of homelessness while raising  £250,000 for Centrepoint, which will fund support for 513 homeless young people this winter. This will include the provision of a warm bed, mental health support and help into education, training and employment. 


“We are delighted to lend our effort to help increase the outstanding care Centrepoint already provides. Philips solutions play a role in every aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – from keeping fit and eating well, to screening, diagnosing, treating and managing disease. We are, therefore, committed to empowering people to have a positive physical and mental health and well being and look forward to supporting the Health team in their work. In addition, we will be offering these young people an insight into working life to build essential skills and boost confidence to help them gain future employment – an important factor given the economic climate and it’s affect on youth unemployment today.” Peter Maskell, chairman, Philips Electronics UK Ltd

Centrepoint’s Chief Executive, Seyi Obakin said, “We are thrilled to have Philips on board and look forward to working together to give young people the support they need to live an independent and positive life. The Philips donation will enable Centrepoint to increase the staffing capacity of the Health Team. This will allow Centrepoint to provide a greater number of workshops as well as develop a broader range of programmes to meet the varied needs of young people at Centrepoint even more effectively than before.”

Notes to the editors

About Sleep Out

·           To register interest in taking part visit

·           Centrepoint asks for a minimum of £1,000 fundraising for a team of four, or individual supporters are asked to pledge to raise £350.

·           To donate, text ‘CPSO11 £10’ to 70070 or visit

·           2011 is Centrepoint’s seventh Sleep Out. Each year the event has increased in size and has moved from Leadenhall Market to Spitalfields Market to Broadgate’s Exchange Square this year.



Further information

For more information, please contact:
Media Relations Manager

Philips Electronics, Corporate Communications UK
Barbara Neate Tel; +44 1483 293 071 or +44 7771 814 778


About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at



About Centrepoint

  • Centrepoint is the leading charity for homeless young people aged 16-25.
  • Centrepoint supports around 1,200 homeless young people a year providing a range of accommodation-based and floating support services in London and the North East of England. These include emergency night shelters and accommodation-based short stay services, as well as specialist services for care leavers, ex-offenders, young single parents, foyers and supported flats.
  • Centrepoint’s work is about more than just providing a safe bed for the night, Centrepoint helps young people to turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills; tackling their physical and mental health issues and moving into education or employment.
  • Through policy work, Centrepoint aims to influence public policy, campaigning on behalf of the young people it supports and homeless young people throughout the UK.
  • Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 75,000 homeless young people.
  • Prince William became Centrepoint’s Patron in 2005.
  • For more information, please visit 


For more information about the Centrepoint, please contact Chris Gerrard on or 020 7423 6887.