Cambridge Airport hosts UK’s biggest sleep-out

29/09/2015

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Around 150 experts from 26 businesses across Cambridge and East Anglia will take part in Byte Night, the UK’s largest sleep-out, at Cambridge Airport this Friday (October 2) to raise money for youth services run by Action for Children.

 

Companies including KPMG, Citrix, Barclays, Marshalls, Mathworks and EACS will bed down for the night to help ensure vulnerable young people across the East Anglia have a safe and loving place to call home.

Simultaneous events will take place in London, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, Reading, Bristol and Birmingham, with over 1,500 people sleeping out across the UK. Action for Children hopes Byte Night will raise over £1.3 million to support its work with vulnerable children, young people and families.

Charles le Strange Meakin, partner at KPMG and co-chair of the East Anglia Byte Night board, said: “Although it is always a hard night there is a strong sense of camaraderie, and the difference is we return to warm homes, full fridges and cosy beds in the morning. For many young people living in the UK this simply isn't the case.

“I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of the young people that Action for Children supports and hear their inspiring stories first-hand. They often run away from abusive homes but they don’t want to be on their own. Every year, I feel proud as more and more money is raised to provide more support, which can really help put their lives back on track. One night really does make a lifetime’s difference.”

Byte Night 2014 raised over £1.1 million, with more 1,300 people sleeping out on the same night across the UK.

To donate, find out more or register to take part next year, visit bytenight.org.uk or contact the Byte Night team on bytenight@actionforchildren.org.uk

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For further media information please call Huw Beale, news and media relations officer at Action for Children, on 07718 114 038 or email huw.beale@actionforchildren.org.uk    
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