Meet some of our Midlands Byte Night sleepers!

Posted by / Wednesday 17 August 2016 / Events
Byte Night Team at Birmingham Library 2

Mike and Murray will spending the night in their sleeping bags at the iconic Library of Birmingham and St Paul’s Square to raise money.

We talked to two local businessmen, Mike Gibbons (CIO of Midlands-based construction materials company Aggregate Industries) and Murray Dickson (Head of Business Relationships at Midlands-based NEC Group) who will both be sleeping out in Birmingham for Byte Night – the UK’s largest sponsored sleep out, taking place on 7 October in ten cities across the country (in East Anglia, London, Midlands, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South West, Thames Valley and Wales).

This year marks Mike’s third year of sleeping out and Murray’s fourth and both are on the board that organises the event.

Mike Gibbons

Mike said: “I’m so proud that dozens of businesses across the Midlands have already signed up to sleep out. We are calling for more hardy volunteers to join us and help us reach our £150,000 target – the money raised will make a real difference to the lives of the children and young people who need it the most. As for the event itself, the sense of camaraderie on the night is very special.  It’s also an opportunity for networking and team-building in a pretty unique setting."

"Although it will be a hard night, it will be fun – but the difference is we can return to warm homes, full fridges and cosy beds in the morning. For the 80,000 children and young people facing homelessness in the UK this simply isn’t the case."

Murray Dickson

Speaking about the event, Murray said: “I have two children of my own, I’d like to think that if they are ever in trouble Action for Children will be there for them. Taking part in Byte Night means that the charity can carry on supporting the projects in the local area that make such a huge difference to disadvantaged children and young adults."

"On the night, as soon as you bed down you hope for a dry evening and the next morning you can’t wait to get home to a nice warm shower and a comfy bed – a luxury that, unfortunately not everyone has. We are calling for more volunteers from local businesses from any industry, to join us to help raise awareness and vital funds to ensure all children and young adults are given the support they need.”

A massive thank you to Mike, Murray and all of those taking part in Byte Night events across the country. If you’d like to find out how to take part or donate, please visit bytenight.org.uk or contact the Byte Night team on [email protected].

The funds raised at Byte Night Midlands will support Action for Children’s services in the region, including fostering services supporting children and young people who have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma.