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.
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.