April 14, 2021

RingCentral powers mass sleepout in the UK in fight against homelessness

London, UK –  April 14, 2021 -- RingCentral UK Ltd, a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, collaboration, video meetings and contact centre solutions, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG), recently connected people across the UK as they participated in The Big Easter Sleepout At Home to fight homelessness and poverty. 

On April 1st, CEO Sleepout, a UK charity which supports organisations such as The Trussell Trust, encouraged families to give up their warm beds for a night to help raise money for the homeless. Due to the current restrictions, participants were asked to sleep ‘out’ either alone, or with the people they live with, in a safe location. RingCentral’s smart video and messaging platform, Glip®, played an essential role in keeping people connected for the night.

All participants had access to the Glip mobile app ahead of the night, with dedicated groups pre-assigned. RingCentral built a complete video programme of music, live chats and comedy including a show-stopping number from the musical "Dear Evan Hansen". Participants heard heartwarming stories from Kerri Douglas, who talked about her journey from becoming homeless at the age of 13 on the streets of London to author, speaker and mother of twins.

The charity also managed to raise £35,500 from the event this year. To date, CEO Sleepout has raised £2.8 million, donated to over 100 charities, and changed countless lives. Bianca Robinson, CEO of CEO Sleepout explains: “The Big Easter Sleepout is intended to bring compassionate people together to tackle the rising tide of homelessness we’re seeing as a result of the pandemic and lockdown measures. Sleeping out somewhere safe at home doesn’t come close to the horror of becoming homeless, but through the initiative--supported by RingCentral--we’re achieving three vitally important things; raising awareness of some of the issues surrounding homelessness, raising funds for charities on the front line of homelessness, and people are giving up their time and comfort to help others.”

Steve Rafferty, RingCentral UK MD, adds: “As a society, we’re going through an incredibly challenging time, and it’s vitally important that initiatives like the Big Easter Sleepout At Home can still go ahead. RingCentral enables people around the world to work from anywhere through our communications and collaboration solutions. It’s an honour to be able to share our technology for such a good cause.”

About RingCentral
RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™(MVP™) platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premise PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral Office®, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and a cloud phone system; Glip®the company's free video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral's open platform integrates with leading third party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.

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