Sleep Out for Jersey homeless charity cancelled because of Covid-19

The sleep out in 2019 had people from across Jersey's community supporting the charity. Credit: ITV Channel TV

One of Jersey's homeless charities has had to cancel a sponsored sleep out this year because of coronavirus restrictions.

It is the second time that the men's homeless charity, the Sanctuary Trust, has had to cancel a major funding event this year because of the pandemic. The Sleep Out for the Sanctuary Trust was set to take place in Pier Road car park this weekend.

However guidelines recently announced by the government mean formal gatherings have reduced from 40 to 20 people, therefore organisers have decided to cancel the event until next year.

The manager of the charity described it as a "double blow" after the Walk into Light event was cancelled in April.

The charity says the financial impact is huge, and services will be affected. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The charity estimates it has lost at least £30,000 in fundraising revenue this year, which it says is a "huge amount to a self–supporting charity that receives no direct help from the States of Jersey".

We provide a lot of support... not just to our current residents but our residents that have successfully moved on, and have reintegrated back into the community, the difficult thing will be to keep the out reach services going, and to keep that contact with our former residents as our budgets become stretched.

Brett Cutts, Manger of The Sanctuary Trust