Byte Night is Action for Children's biggest annual fundraiser; a national ‘sleep-out’ event. Each year, hundreds of like-minded people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.
Our main fundraising activity for the year is to participate in Byte Night 2019. The team who slept out under the stars in 2018 were Barry Smyth, Sean Devlin, Claire McCarragher, Aveen Stewart, Clare Simpson and Sarah Armstrong. We are extremely grateful for all the support that you gave us in 2018 to provide for this fantastic cause and we are please to say we raised over £2,500. A donation of just £5 could pay for a hot meal for a homeless young person while £10 could pay for basic toiletries or hygiene set for a young person who doesn’t have the basics. Raising £60 could help Action for Children arrange supported lodgings with a caring family for a young homeless person to give them a safe, secure place to live.
It all 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 over 1200 people slept out in 2018. Byte Night is one of the UK’s top 17 mass participation charity events and is the largest charity sleep-out having raised over £9.6 million since the first event.
Action for Children does what’s right, what’s needed and what works for children in the UK by supporting more than 390,000 children, young people and families each year. In particular, Byte Night works to support some of the 83,000 young people who are homeless in the UK every year through no fault of their own. Family breakdown, mental health issues and abuse in the home are just a few of the causes which lead to many young people becoming homeless. Action for Children has supported many young people in a safe and happy future. Unfortunately, so many more still need our help.