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Pandemic puts paid to major charity event

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 01 October 2020 8:06

Pandemic puts paid to major charity event

A sleep out by business people my not sound like a big deal, but last year’s event raised £60,000 and helped 70 homeless people, 20 of which were supported into permanent accommodation. 

We are talking about the CCP’s now annual Big SleepOut event, due to take place on October 10 – but which the Cheltenham-based charity has had to cancel due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Established to coincide with World Homeless Day it raised what the organisation called “vital funds” for its work tackling the causes and effects of homelessness.

“This was not an easy decision to make but we believe it is the right one given the current position with COVID,” explains Cordell Ray, chief executive, CCP. 

“The health and safety of our supporters and staff is always of the utmost importance.”  

“We are so thankful for the support local businesses have shown for the fundraising initiative and our cause. It is no secret that our services are in more demand than ever as those that have been sheltered in temporary accommodation are evicted and as people who have never experienced such hardship before are being plunged into poverty.”  

“We were blown away when the Big SleepOut 2018 raised over £60,000 and we’d hoped for a similar level of income this year.”  

CCP offers a range of services across the South West to support people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless including help with housing, debt and benefits, guidance with parenting and family breakdown as well as food provisions and more 

Over the lockdown period, from April – July, it provided 229 households in Gloucestershire with food parcels containing cupboard essentials and fresh foods. 2,394 parcels were delivered in total over 18 weeks by volunteers who also carried out doorstep welfare checks on those most vulnerable during the height of the pandemic.

Pictured: (left to right) Jack Barnett (Ol Pro), Suzanne Hall-Gibbins (Circle 2 Success), Cordell Ray (CCP), Darren Stevens (Prestbury Marketing), Aaron Sutherland (The Jockey Club and Cheltenham Racecourse), David Owen (GFirst LEP), Cordell Ray (CCP) and Michael Ratcliffe (Ratcliffe’s Insurance Brokers, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and CCP Founder).

David Owen, chief executive of GFirstLEP (the Gloucestershire’s local enterprise partnership), said: “CCP is relying on local businesses and individuals to be able to continue their great work at a time when many people are experiencing an unexpected loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I urge everybody to follow the CCP social media channels and share important messages so that they might be seen by those that need them the most.” 

“The CCP Hamper Scamper appeal is now underway and is another way that people can help the charity to support those that will be struggling to afford food, heating and gifts for their children alongside the expectations of the festive season.”  

Last year the CCP Hamper Scamper appeal provided 1,757 festive food hampers and over 2,000 children’s gifts where people across Gloucestershire were struggling over the Christmas period.

For a list of items that CCP are collecting, please visit www.ccp.org.uk/hamperscamper.  

To make a donation to CCP and their work preventing homelessness, please visit www.ccp.org.uk/general-donation.