Corporate Social Responsibility Byte Night
Byte Night is the IT industry annual sleep-out to raise funds for Action for Children to help tackle the root causes of youth homelessness. (http://www.bytenight.org.uk/)
Each year, thousands of individuals and teams from the business community in the UK spend a night together exposed to the elements in a bid to raise sponsorship and awareness for Action for Children’s vital work.
At Harvey Nash, this is a cause close to all our hearts and every year we hold sponsored sleep-outs across all our office locations in the UK (and we actively encourage our clients to get involved too!). Throughout the year too, we have bake sales, bucket collections and even the odd sponsored triathlon to raise funds.
This year we’ve managed to raise over £100,000 for Byte Night which will fund services that provide emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support for homeless young people.
We have several Harvey Nash employees who are board members of Byte Night:
- Simon Wassall (European Managing Director) - Board Member of Byte Night London
- Rhona Hutchon (Director of Harvey Nash Scotland) - Co-Chair of Byte Night Scotland
- Matt Smith (Regional Managing Director) - Co-Chair of Byte Night Birmingham
- David Purves (Managing Consultant) and Joanne Oakley (Managing Consultant) - Board Members of Byte Night Birmingham.
- Steve Rake (Director) - Board Member for Byte Night North East
You can see photos of our Byte Night sleep-outs and fund-raising activity here:
About Action for Children
At least 75,000 children and young people experience homelessness each year, and of those, 1 in 3 will attempt suicide and 1 in 7 will be physically or sexually assaulted.
Many young people become homeless through no fault of their own - for at least two thirds of young homeless people, conflict with their family is the cause of their homelessness, and up to a third of all those sleeping on the streets will have experience of local authority care. Solving youth homelessness is about more than taking people off the streets.
Action for Children works to prevent youth homelessness through early intervention by ensuring that young people across the UK are given the support they need before it’s too late.