Last month, four of MCS Group’s finest braved the cold and slept outside to raise money for Action for Children. Barry and Louise Smyth, Sean Devlin and Karen Newton joined 120 others, layered up and snuggled deep into their sleep bags in support of this fantastic charity.
Byte Night 2017 was a great event, with colleagues and peers coming together to raise money and awareness for the great work that Action for Children do. With a special appearance from charity Patron David Meade, the sleepers and volunteered were kept in jovial spirits in the hours before the reality of missing their beds for a night would sink in.
Action for children shared video footage with stories from just some of the young people their work aids. It was a raw portrayal of just how children as young as eight and teenagers are having to face trials of such severity. Youth homelessness is not just a problem for other countries, it is happening in your local community. It’s not just teenagers sleeping rough in shop fronts, but children who sofa surf with friends, not knowing where their next hot meal is coming from or teenagers with no fixed address unable to pull themselves out of the poverty cycle.
The work that Action for Children do to help these young people is invaluable and to hear the stories of how lives had been turned around with the help of the charity through housing schemes, mentoring and securing places in further education hit home to the sleepers and everyone who was there.
The sleepers prepared themselves for a cold, wet night ahead at the Stormont Pavilion. There were stories swapped, pints drank, a quiz to keep spirits up (we are delighted to say MCS came 4th!!!!) and a raffle with some brilliant prizes donated by the participants that raised over £1100.
At MCS Group, we have put enormous efforts into our fundraising and we are 82% on our way to making our Byte Night target of £2000! Thank you to all our friends, colleagues and families who have supported us so far. Weather you supported our marathon team, our zip liners or our sleepers, your generosity will go a long way to helping ensure that Action for Children continue their work.
Although physically and mentally draining, our sleepers always knew that in just 12 hours they would be back in their beds after a warm shower and hot meal. For the young people working with Action for Children, this is not the case. There is no certainty as to when their situation will end!
So far, Northern Ireland have raised over £48,000 through Byte Night and the UK total is over £1.2m. We want to help action for Children reach their £1.4 million target by reaching ours, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mcs-group2 to read our full story!