Why corporate workers are sleeping rough

Workers across the South West are being asked sleep on the street in an effort to raise money to combat youth homelessness.

BYTE NIGHT

Byte Night is Action for Children’s largest fundraising event and the biggest sponsored sleep out in the UK. Every year, over a thousand people give up their beds to raise money for young people in vulnerable situations.

Image Courtesy of charitytoday.co.uk
Image Courtesy of charitytoday.co.uk

2017 is the fourth time that Bristol has been the meeting point for the South West and over one hundred participants are expected to meet, and sleep outside of the We the Curious building.

Claire Bentley, Events Fundraiser for the South West said: ‘it looks like it’s going to be a dry night. It’s great fun, I did it last year, I’m really looking forward to it.’

Workers from Vodafone, British Airways, Greggs and HSBC among many others are expected to be involved across the country.

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ACTION FOR CHILDREN

Action for Children supports over 390,000 young people and families every year. Funds from the event will be focused on providing for the 83,000 young people who are made homeless across the UK every year through no fault of their own.

Byte Night first started in 1998 when thirty individuals chose to sleep rough in London, raising £35,000. Over the years the event has expanded to eleven locations and in 2016 over 1200 people took part.

This year is the events 20th anniversary and organisers are hopeful that they will be able to reach their £10 million target.

Register to take part or find more about it here.

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