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Channel takes to its sleeping bags for Byte Night

This Friday will see some of the great the good in the tech industry sleep rough to help raise the profile of the issue of youth homelessness

Tomorrow there around 1,200 people involved in the IT industry will choose to forgo their comfortable beds and sleep out to raise the profile of youth homelessness.

There are plenty of names familiar to the channel on the lists of those taking to their sleeping bags for Byte Night in ten locations around the country, including London, Bristol, Newcastle, Belfast and Edinburgh.

The channel has always been a big giver to charities and this Friday will be a chance for many again to dig deep and do something positive for young people.

Before the big night we managed to get an insight into the motivation for taking part from Madalina Ghita, consultant at digital transformation specialist Sopra Steria.

She said that it was not only good to give back to the community but helping homeless young people was also a very noble cause.

The timing of Byte Night coincides with the evenings getting darker that little bit earlier and the temperatures dropping and Ghita is preparing for a challenge.

"Sleeping in the cold is always a challenge, keeping warm will be a priority! We are hoping that it  will not rain, but weather forecast seems fairly positive. It will be a lesson for us about the difficulties encountered by the young people who are faced with homelessness and an opportunity to appreciate the work put in by Action for Children to help them," she said.

"At our company, Sopra Steria, sustainability is part of our culture where everyone is encouraged to get involved in community activities, especially initiatives we care about and want to support in our personal lives. To help us to do this, all employees are offered one day’s paid company time to volunteer and there’s matched funds and enabling grant schemes to boost fundraising efforts such as taking part in Byte Night," she added.

Byte Night has been going since 1998 and has so far raised £8.4m with a target this year of £1.4m.

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