Britain’s biggest sleep out raises £1 million to prevent youth homelessness

Posted by / Monday 21 November 2016 / Fundraising Events
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Our biggest fundraising event, Byte Night, has now raised over £1 million for the fourth year running. 1,300 people from top businesses joined the UK’s largest sponsored sleep out.

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Our annual Byte Night event has raised more than £1 million to help vulnerable children and young people across the UK for the fourth year running. Almost 1,300 technology and business experts braved rain, wind and cold for the challenge of sleeping rough on 7 October to raise vital funds for the charity.

They were joined by dedicated celebrity supporters including current ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ contestant, Larry Lamb, and fellow actor, Jenny Agutter OBE, plus TV presenter Anthea Turner.

Byte Night has raised more than £9 million since it launched in 1998. This year, simultaneous sleep outs took place in Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Thames Valley. The charity operates services such as Dorset Nightstop, which provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged between 16-25 years.

Ken Deeks MBE, Founder and Co-chair of Byte Night, as well as director of The Amber Group, said: “I am very proud that we have raised more than £1 million so far from Byte Night 2016 to support Action for Children. There are still at least 80,000 young homeless people in the UK at any one time registered with local authorities, in a country as wealthy as ours this cannot be right. Youth homelessness is not a party-political issue, but it does need to be sorted out. We are already thinking about how to help even more children and young people by making Byte Night 2017 bigger and better than ever before.”

"It’s a fantastic achievement to hit the £1 million mark again. This collective effort will help make a big difference to the young people we help who don’t live in a safe and loving home, or have the luxury of returning to their own beds as we did after a night of sleeping rough."

Sir Tony Hawkhead, Chief Executive of Action for Children

Our Chief Executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, also slept out this year, in Birmingham. He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to hit the £1 million mark again and a huge thanks has to go to everyone who slept out across the UK as part of Byte Night 2016.  This collective effort will help make a big difference to the young people we help who don’t live in a safe and loving home, or have the luxury of returning to their own beds as we did after a night of sleeping rough.

“We cannot rest on this achievement, so we are already working on how to make Byte Night 2017 an even greater success.  With registration already open, I would urge offices across Britain to make an early New Year’s Resolution and sign up now to join us for next year’s sleep out.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Byte Night and support Action for Children’s work to reduce youth homelessness, please Text 'ACTION' to 70080 to donate £5.00 instantly, or visit the website to make a larger donation.

To find out more about Byte Night 2017 please visit bytenight.org.uk