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Businesses across Midlands raise more than £100,000 in aid of vulnerable young people…

Submitted by on October 21, 2015 – 7:10 am |

Byte Night Midlands boardAction for Children’s annual Byte Night Midlands event has raised more than £100,000 to support the charity’s work in providing children and young people with a safe and loving home in the Midlands.

More than 200 business professionals from across the region spent the night sleeping out in St Paul’s Square in the centre of Birmingham and have raised £25,000 more than this time last year. They joined more than 1,400 people across the UK – at simultaneous sleep outs in London, Manchester, Belfast, Cambridge, Reading, Bristol and Edinburgh – who bedded out for the evening.

Since launching in 1998, Byte Night has raised more than £8 million UK wide to support Action for Children’s work with vulnerable children, young people and families. Some of the projects that have benefitted include the Ladywood project in Birmingham, that provides a family friendly and safe environment for children to have contact with their families.

Mike Gibbons, CIO of Aggregate Industries and co-chair of the Byte Night Midlands board, said: “Everyone that took part in Byte Night 2015 is extremely proud to have helped raise more than £100,000 to support Action for Children’s work ensuring all children have a safe and loving home.  While we were able to return to our warm homes after an evening bedding out, this isn’t an option for the thousands of children and young people who regularly spend the evening sleeping out.

Andrew McManus, fellow co-chair and IT director at Eversheds added:  “Every year, I am proud to take part in Byte Night raising money to support Action for Children’s services. This ranges from services that provide a safe place to stay for homeless young people to ones that support young people who are in the care system or who care for family members.  One night really does make a lifetime’s difference.”

Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, slept out in Belfast. He said: “A huge thanks has to go to everyone that bedded out as part of this year’s Byte Night Midlands and this collective effort will help make a big difference.

“We are already thinking about how we can help even more children and young people by making Byte Night 2016 bigger and better than ever before.

“Registration is already open for Byte Night 2016 so I would encourage Midlands businesses to make an early New Year’s Resolution and sign up now to join us for next year’s sleep out.”

If you would like to donate to Byte Night and support Action for Children’s youth homelessness services, please text BYTE15 £5 (or the amount you wish to donate)  to 70070 to donate £5 to the leading UK charity.  To find out more about Byte Night please visit

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