Fundraisers are being urged to sign up for the next Sleep Out event at the Eden Project at a time when homelessness charities say help has never been more needed.

Registration is now open for the annual event on November 10 in which people will bed down outside the biomes to raise funds and awareness for St Petrocs and the Amber Foundation.

The south west charities are seeing rapidly rising referrals, in particular among younger people facing more complex issues especially with their mental health.

A record-breaking sum of nearly £17k was raised at last year’s Sleep Out at Eden when 75 people took part in near-freezing conditions. The event has been held annually for the last eight years.

Participants are invited to ‘sleep rough’ underneath the canopy of the Link Building between Eden’s Biomes, using only cardboard boxes and their own sleeping bags for warmth and comfort.

This year’s attendees can expect entertainment throughout the evening and the opportunity to make their own hot dinner in cookery workshops. Breakfast and unlimited teas and coffees will also be available.

Dan James, Eden’s Development director, said: “It’s a real honour to once again be holding a Sleep Out event at the Eden Project and shining a light on the incredible work The Amber Foundation and St Petrocs do to support those in need.

“The Sleep Out is always a powerful and emotive event and we hope to see many new and returning faces registering to take part this year on November 10.”