With social distancing measures in place, Stonepillow have changed their annual 'Big Sleep Out' event so that people can still join in the fun while isolating at home, and support the charity's work.

A number of staff and councillors from across Chichester District Council will be supporting the event on the 16 May by finding a creative new place to sleep at home. Council colleagues include Councillor Alan Sutton (Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events), Linda Grange (Divisional Manager for Housing), Steve Hill, Councillor Sarah Sharp, Councillor Sarah Lishman, Councillor Adrian Moss, Councillor Janet Duncton and Councillor Gareth Evans.

Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events, says: "As a council, we work very closely with Stonepillow, which provides a lifeline for homeless people in our district, and it's a pleasure to be able to support their work in a different way by taking part in this fantastic event.

"We're so lucky to have such incredible charities in our area, which play a vital role in our communities, particularly during the current crisis. Our officers are working  with Stonepillow every day by  supporting rough sleepers in emergency accommodation, helping them access services, delivering food and helping them move on to more settled accommodation. The council provides an annual grant towards their work and we also provided additional funding to enable them to open their Chichester Hub seven days a week.

"As an individual, I am delighted to be amongst staff and other councillors in supporting the charity by signing up to the Little Big Sleep Out at Home. Now more than ever, when demands on frontline services continue to grow and the ability of charities such as Stonepillow to raise funds is severely restricted, we need to rally together to help support our communities and those who need our help the most. The funds raised from this event will help ensure that Stonepillow can continue to provide the essential support needed to help rough sleepers move away from a life on the streets."

The Little Big Sleep Out at Home starts at 3pm on Saturday May 16. People can find out more, donate, and get involved by visiting: https://stonepillow.org.uk.

Date of release: 13 May 2020

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