A DEBT recovery firm in Bromsgrove has raised nearly £2,000 for a homeless charity by sleeping rough.

Carla Knights, operations director at Bromsgrove’s Controlaccount plc, took part in the Birmingham CEO sleepout on Monday, December 6 raising £1,713.75.

The CEO Sleepout is a charity set up to support homelessness across the UK, with business leaders from across Birmingham joining forces for a night of sleeping in the cold.

Business bosses battled the elements to gain a real insight into the reality faced by homeless individuals in the community, whilst raising vital funds to help change vulnerable lives

The firm’s directors were nominated to take part, and employees voted for which director they wanted to see sleeping rough for the night at £2 per vote.

Directors could vote for each other but at an increased rate of £10 per vote.

Carla Knights said: ‘’The work that Changes UK, Birmingham City FC Community Trust, and The CEO Sleep Out are doing is so incredibly important and life changing for people who are regularly disregarded by society and left outside in the cold.

“I’m so proud of Controlaccount for raising the money to support these charities.

“It was incredibly tough, and I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to do that every night.”

To donate to the firm's appeal visit their just giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/carla-knights.