This year's Byte Night charity sleep-out by 270 IT professionals raised a record £325,000 to aid NCH's campaign against youth homelessness.
This brings the total sum raised by Byte Night since it started nine years ago to more than £1.8m. Participants in the annual event - a token night spent sleeping rough to highlight the problem of youth homelessness - include some of the most senior UK IT staff from user firms, suppliers and consultants.
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Byte Night, which has been supported for many years by Computer Weekly, was founded by IT public relations consultant Ken Deeks and Ernst & Young's technology sector director James Bennet.
"This is a record breaking year, and a most unbelievable team effort," said Deeks. There were several company teams, including Dell, BT, Hewlett-Packard and Barclays Capital, which raised an average of £4,900 each. Individual sleepers averaged £1,600.
Stephen Murdoch, vice-president for global infrastructure services at Dell, which raised £14,000, said, "For us, Byte Night is a chance to give back to the community and put our corporate social responsibility strategy into practice."
Next year is Byte Night's 10th anniversary. The event will be held on Friday 3 October 2008, again near London's Tower Bridge. Individuals taking part will be expected to raise at least £2,000 each and company teams at least £5,000 per team.
"With this level of support in year nine, just imagine what can be achieved in our 10th anniversary year," said Deeks.