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Byte Night 2010

October 1st 2010

In October, hundreds of IT and business professionals will spend a night on the street in aid of Action for Children.

Although sleep-outs have attracted some criticism since they've become more popular, Byte Night has been running for 12 years. It began when 30 people from the IT industry held a sleep-out and raised £35,000. Since then, the event has grown to over 800 sleepers, and it raised almost £550,000 last year alone.

In Scotland, the big sleep-out for Byte Night 2010 is in Edinburgh. Financial house Ernst & Young has supported the project for several years, and this month their Glasgow office entered two teams, each hoping to raise £3,000. A spokesman commented: "We have always been avid supporters of Action for Children, realising the huge difference they make to vulnerable children's lives. This year we have entered two teams hoping to not only raise more money but also to raise further awareness for Action for Children."

Action for Children's youth projects provide a wide range of support services to help young people avoid homelessness including emergency and homelessness support, lodgings for those leaving the care system, and housing education programmes.

Byte Night organiser Alwyn Jones expressed fear that fundraising may be harder this year due to the recession, even though the need is greater than ever. "The market is picking up and the uncertainty of the election is over so charities may think they don't have to work so hard to get money – but I think this could be our hardest year. Companies will be cautious about spending money, and hiring people, so they will also be cautious about spending money on charity."


October 2010



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A moving target

Rough sleeper dies in custody

ITV plans new homeless reality TV show

Refurb rumours

Man charged with Ilford murder

They're not lovin' it

Keeping the Rhythm

Soup runs come in from the cold

Peter Pickles completes second walk for charity

Cyrenians set sail

The shape of things to come

The road to Rio

Byte Night 2010

Aberdeen homeless development confirmed

Glasgow homeless hostel closure

Shock over Highland B&B figures

Birmingham Skylight arrives

Tenants told to make up Housing Benefit shortfall

Homeless choir's debut album

Street Shield 17: Where's the Cardboard Shield?


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