After walking every road in Jersey last year, a local charity champion has set himself another "gruelling" fundraising challenge... sleeping rough in every single parish to help the island's homeless.
Tim Ringsdore – whose last venture raised £5,000 for the JSPCA and Autism Jersey – will spend one night a month outside a parish hall with only a sleeping bag in aid of Sanctuary Trust, which he joined as trustee last year.
His challenge will start on Friday 27 January with St. Brelade’s Parish Hall.
"Spending 12 nights on my own sleeping rough will be tough, but it’s nothing compared to what so many have to endure night after night," he said. "By sleeping out in every parish and literally presenting the problem on our doorstep, my hope is that we start to address homelessness as a community."
Pictured: Tim Ringsdore during his 350-mile walking fundraising challenge.
Frank Walker, Chair of the Sanctuary Trust, which supports up to 30 men across three sites, said: "This is a huge commitment from Tim to raise awareness and funds for Sanctuary Trust.
"It’s going to be physically and mentally gruelling, particularly in the colder months - one night is uncomfortable so I commend him for doing 12. His challenge is yet another example of the extremely dedicated trustees we have on the Sanctuary Board, who always go the extra mile to support the charity."
Members of the public will be able to join in and support Mr Ringsdore at designated times. Each parish event will offer evening or breakfast activities, educational initiatives and entertainment.
Sanctuary's last major fundraiser was the record-breaking Sleep Out in November, which saw more than 90 people sleep overnight at Pier Road car park. It raised around £50,000 - exceeding the total raised from all the previous Sleep Outs combined.
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