Spend a night on the streets to help homeless children

IT professionals from across the industry are busy planning this year's Byte Night charity London sleepout on 5 October.

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IT professionals from across the industry are busy planning this year's Byte Night charity London sleepout on 5 October.

Last year's event raised more than £260,000 for charity NCH, which provides advice and support for homeless children across the UK.

About 250 senior IT industry professionals take part in Byte Night each year. Participants commit to raising £2,000 each, or £5,000 for a company team.

Since it started in 1998, Byte Night, which is supported by Computer Weekly, has raised more than £1.5m for NCH to help the estimated 100,000 vulnerable children in the UK who do not have permanent homes.

Although the annual sleepout is a token night on the Thames Embankment in recognition of the plight of the homeless, it can be great fun for participants, bringing together IT users, suppliers and consultants in an informal environment.

Last year Jane Kimberlin, IT director at Dominos Pizza, and a team from her IT department who were taking part in the event, organised a fleet of pizza-laden bikes to feed the sleepy IT professionals and boost Byte Night's funds. Previous events have featured live music and entertainment.

Byte Night is organised by its founder Ken Deeks, a director of PR company Kaizo and by James Bennet, a director of Ernst & Young.

This year, the event is looking to attract new participants and old hands, with the aim of pushing the money raised to £300,000. And, due to local authority matched funding, every £1 raised by IT professionals will result in £5 going to NCH.

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This was last published in June 2007

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