Angela Rippon CBE headlines 20th Byte Night fundraiser in London

Posted by / Friday 06 October 2017 / Press release
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  • TV Presenter and journalist Angela Rippon will join the London event as part of UK-wide sponsored sleep-out, Byte Night
  • Jenny Agutter OBE, star of BBC’s Call the Midwife, will be sleeping out in London along with former Dragons’ Den star Richard Farleigh and TV celebrity Anthea Turner

 

Angela Rippon CBE will be headlining a host of celebrities helping to mark the 20th Action for Children Byte Night in London this Friday, 6 October. Byte Night is the biggest fundraiser for the UK-wide charity, which was founded in London in 1869 by Methodist minister, Thomas Stephenson.

 

Byte Night started in London in 1998 when 30 individuals from the IT and tech industry slept out and raised £35,000. So far, Byte Night has raised a staggering £9.5million for essential projects and services across the country tackling youth homelessness. These range from emergency accommodation to providing support to find long term housing, training and employment to early intervention projects. This year’s event on track to be the biggest yet and aims to take the overall total past the £10M milestone.

 

As an Ambassador for the charity, Angela will open the event at the Norton Rose Fulbright building at More London in the capital where sleepers and volunteers will gather before heading off with their sleeping bags to the iconic Kia Oval for a night sleeping outside.

 

This year’s milestone event will see more than 1,700 people from the technology and business sectors taking part in sleep-outs at 11 locations across the UK. The sites are London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Cardiff and Reading.

 

Action for Children’s Chief executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, said: “We are thrilled to be marking our 20th Byte Night event in London with such fantastic support from our celebrity ambassadors, sleepers and volunteers.

 

“The committed, continued support we have had from members of the IT and business communities over the past two decades for this unique fundraiser has been inspirational.

 

“This incredible support enables us to continue our work, not only to help young people who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own, but also to prevent vulnerable young people at risk of becoming homeless from having to sleep rough.”

 

Businesses or individuals wishing to support Byte Night can donate £5 by texting Byte17 to 70070. 

 

For further information please contact Caroline Gidman, media officer at Action for Children, on 07725601441/ [email protected]

 

Out-of-hours enquiries should be directed to the duty press officer on 07802 806679 / [email protected]

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

At least 83,000 young people in the UK each year, aged 16-24, approach local authorities for support due to homelessness, often through no fault of their own. The majority will end up on the streets because of a family breakdown, substance misuse or mental health issues.

 

Action for Children’s aim is to try to prevent youth homelessness by providing early intervention and support for vulnerable young people facing these issues.

Through our projects and services, many funded by Byte Night, Action for Children also helps young people who find themselves homeless to find and keep accommodation, develop vital independence skills and access employment and training opportunities. 

 

How Action for Children works:

Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through fostering or adoption, by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, by influencing policy, and by making life better for disabled children. With more than 600 services the charity improves the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. For more information, visit actionforchildren.org.uk.