Byte Night: Sleeping outdoors to help vulnerable children
For Byte Night 2015, over 1200 people shivered their way through a chilly October night, sleeping out under the stars at 10 locations across the UK.
But why did they do it?
Byte Night is Action for Children’s biggest annual fundraiser and one of the biggest mass participation fundraising events in the UK. Each year, hundreds of like-minded people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. Since the first event in 1998, Byte Night has raised over £8.4 million.
This year, the Utilitywise IT team will be taking part in Byte Night for the very first time. They’ll be sleeping out in Performance Square at the Sage Gateshead from 6pm on 7 October until 7am on 8 October 2016.
“I’ve wanted to get my team involved in a charity for a while now,” says David Elliott, IT infrastructure director here at Utilitywise. “Byte Night seemed a perfect fit and my team seemed to agree. They all agreed when I mentioned it to them and we decided to just go for it!
“Most of us have young children of our own, so Action for Children really strikes a chord. We’ve already raised over £3000, but we’re happy to take more. If you feel like sponsoring us, we’d really appreciate it!”
Action for Children is over 145 years old. That makes it one of the UK’s oldest children’s charities. Byte Night works to support some of the 80,000 young people who find themselves homeless in the UK every year, through no fault of their own.
You can learn more about Byte Night at their website, and even meet some of the children it supports – just click here.