The annual Byte Night charity sleep-out will take place on 22 September at London’s Victoria Tower Gardens on the Embankment next to the House of Lords.
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Each year about 250 senior IT professionals sleep overnight on the streets of London to help children’s charity NCH. Last year’s event raised £230,000 for the charity, which supports young people who are homeless or coping with life after being in care.
Participants commit to raising £2,000 each or, if they are part of a company team, £5,000 per team. The target for this year’s event is to raise £295,000. Since it started in 1998 Byte Night, which is supported by Computer Weekly, has raised more than £1.3m for NCH.
Due to local authority-matched funding, every £1 raised by the Byte Night sleepers will result in £5 going to NCH. Approximately 93p in every pound raised will go directly to support the disadvantaged children.
Byte Night is organised by founder Ken Deeks, a director at PR company Kaizo, and James Bennet, a director at Ernst & Young.