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Homeless people who were booked into a hotel for Christmas by a charity have had their reservation cancelled.

Rooms for 28 homeless people at the Royal Hotel in Hull had been booked for a two night stay from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day.

Carl Simpson from Raise the Roof Hull homeless project said he told the hotel, owned by budget hotel group Brittania Hotels, who the 14 twin rooms were for and paid £1,092 on 13 December.

Over the weekend the hotel told him the booking was cancelled and they would refund him, but would not give a reason.

“I asked for a reason and was told there isn’t one…but in my eyes this is nothing more than discrimination, especially after we were so open about what it was for,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Our Christmas hotel campaign is now in serious doubt. Being so close to Christmas, we need a miracle.”

Carl Simpson provided the confirmation email for his booking for 28 homeless people over Christmas. Pic: Facebook
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The confirmation email for the hotel booking. Pic: Facebook

After Mr Simpson, 50, posted the news on Facebook, more than 1,000 people have shared his post and many have asked how they could help, with some offering rooms in their own homes.

Last year Mr Simpson took 24 people off the streets of Hull and paid for them to stay in an Ibis hotel over Christmas.

“After the stay they were so grateful,” he said.

“Some left staff gifts using the very little money they had, and one asked if he could vacuum the rooms to show his appreciation.

“This means the world to homeless people. Last year we had tears of joy from someone who stood on the edge of the Humber Bridge the night before.

“We have to break the news to people that the hotel has been cancelled.”

The charity worker said he wanted to “repeat the success of last Christmas”, and was concerned that could not happen if the money was not refunded in time.

Since revealing the booking was cancelled, hundreds of people have donated money, with nearly £7,600 raised by Monday lunchtime through an online GoFundMe page.

Brittania Hotels did not answer Sky News’ request for a comment.

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