Edinburgh sleep out raises £1million for homeless

Byte Night raised more than �1 million

Byte Night raised more than �1 million

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Action for Children’s annual Byte Night event has raised more than £1 million to help vulnerable children and young people living in Edinburgh and across the UK.

More than 90 technology and business experts in Edinburgh bedded down for the night in Charlotte Square on 2 October raising £54,604.

They joined almost 1,200 people across the UK for the challenge of sleeping rough to raise vital funds for the charity.

Dr Alistair Forbes, General Manager at LogicNow and co-chair of the Byte Night Scotland committee, said: “We are proud to have played our part in raising more than £1 million to support Action for Children’s vital work for the third year running as all children and young people should have a safe place to call home. We are already thinking about how we can help even more children and young people by making Byte Night 2016 bigger and better than ever before.”

Byte Night has raised more than £8 million since it launched in 1998. This year, simultaneous sleep outs took place in London, Thames Valley, Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh. Some of the projects that have benefited include New Horizons in Haddington, which provides accommodation for homeless young people.

Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, slept out in Belfast. He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to hit the £1 million mark again and a huge thanks has to go to everyone that bedded out across the UK as part of Byte Night 2015. This collective effort will help make a big difference to the young people we help who don’t live in a safe and loving home or even have the luxury of returning to their own beds after a night of sleeping rough.

“We cannot rest on this achievement, so we are already working on how we can make Byte Night 2016 an even greater success. With registration already open, I would urge businesses in Edinburgh to make an early New Year’s Resolution and sign up now to join us for next year’s sleep out.”

If you would like to donate to Byte Night and support Action for Children, please text BYTE15 £5 (or the amount you wish to donate) to 70070 to donate £5 to the leading UK charity. To find out more about Byte Night please visit bytenight.org.uk

To find out more about Byte Night 2015 please visit bytenight.org.uk

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