Byte Night: Raising funds and awareness of youth homelessness

Posted by / Wednesday 12 October 2016 / Fundraising
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Our biggest fundraising event of the year saw 1,200 people sleep out overnight in 10 different cities. The sleepers included our Chief Executive Tony Hawkhead who slept out in Birmingham, and celebrities Anthea Turner, Jenny Agutter and Larry Lamb who slept out in London.

Our 2016 event took place on Friday, 7 October in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Reading. 

Byte Night began in 1998 when 30 individuals slept out in London and raised £35,000. Since then Byte Night has grown to 10 UK locations and each year, hundreds of people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.

"“A huge thanks to everyone that slept out as part of this year’s Byte Night. It has been such an inspirational night with a great sense of camaraderie, and truly moving to see small and larger businesses from across the region working together to make a real difference to the children, young people and families we support."

Tony Hawkhead, Chief Executive

In the past year it’s estimated about 1.3 million young people aged 16-24 slept rough or in an unsafe place. Read Arainn's story. About four in 10 young homeless people suffer mental health problems and four in 10 are dependent on drugs. Read Rebecca's story.