For the first time Byte Night will be taking place in Cambridge and a host of businesses will join forces to raise money for children’s charity, Action for Children.
Byte Night Cambridge is supported by many of the area’s top businesses including Citrix, Cambridge Consultants and EACS. Over 60 sleepers will all bed down for a night in the great outdoors at Cambridge Science Park on Friday, October 8.
Kirstin Broome, fundraising manager at Action for Children, said: “Since its inception 12 years ago, Byte Night has gone from strength to strength. The event has allowed us to continue to provide safe and secure accommodation to vulnerable youngsters at risk of homelessness. The support from the Cambridge area is second to none.”
Byte Night Cambridge is one of five sleep out events taking place across the country in October, with the others in Edinburgh, London, Reading and Manchester.
Byte Night is the IT industry’s annual sleep out in aid of youth homelessness. Each year, over 700 people from the IT and business community give up their bed for one night to experience a little of what it might be like to be homeless.
The money they raise helps Action for Children tackle the root causes of youth homelessness.
It all began 12 years ago when 30 individuals from the IT industry slept out and raised £35,000. Since then the event has grown to over 700 sleepers raising almost £550,000 in 2009 alone. Patrons, sponsors and sleepers include celebrities and leading figures, CIOs, systems developers, business managers, marketers and more.
Founded in 1869, Action for Children is one of the UK’s largest children’s charities working with nearly 156,000 children, young people and their families at nearly 420 projects across the UK.
Previously known as NCH, Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people break through injustice, deprivation and inequality so they can achieve their full potential.