Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Neil Jones has shared his story of being homeless as a teenager and has urged people to give to charities affected by the Covid-19 emergency.

The Mirror reports that the 38-year-old posted a photo to Instagram, showing him in a sleeping bag on the floor of his new home.

"As you know during lockdown I've been lucky to be able to move into my very own flat," he wrote.

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"Unfortunately due to COVID-19 many charities have been hit hard and one which was hit hard...@depaul_uk youth homelessness charity who support vulnerable people who move from place to place staying on sofas/floors often in unsafe situations facing physical, mental and even sexual abuse and exploitation." 

"Not many people know but as a teen I found myself at one point sleeping on the streets for a short period but because of a charity like Depaul I was able to find a place to stay," Jones continued.

"Depaul provided emergency and longer term accommodation and ongoing support with mental and physical health, employment and more."

Jones told his followers he is taking part in Depaul's #SleepBedless campaign to raise funds for the UK charity. He tagged fellow Strictly professionals Katya Jones and Oti Mabuse and The Greatest Dancer winners Michael and Jowita to do the same.