8th October 2019

Civica people sleep under the stars for Byte Night

40+ colleagues braved the annual sleep-out in aid of Action for Children

Across the UK, employees at Civica took part in Action for Children’s annual Byte Night event, the country’s largest corporate sleep-out.

This year, Civica people also climbed Pen y Fan, held office BBQs and even coordinated a sponsored pub quiz in Belfast to raise funds. All money raised helps to educate and support children who face homelessness in the UK.

Before employees in the technology and business sector took to the streets, young people either by video or in person explained how Action for Children has turned their lives around. In Bristol, Mayor Marvin Rees even addressed participants on how homelessness is being alleviated in the city.

With the threat of what was Hurricane Lorenzo, our sleepers faced a chilly night in sleeping bags and layers of clothing: a stark realisation of what the 126,000 children and young people in the UK  face who do not have a safe and stable home.

Matt Goodstadt, Co-Chair at Byte Night, South West and Divisional Sales Director at Civica, reflected on the night: “I’d like to say a huge thank you and well done to every single sleeper who braved the elements to raise funds for vulnerable children. It was a big challenge, but in the morning, everyone went home to their warm beds – there are too many young people in the South West who are living without this choice.

“No child or young person should have to face the trauma of homelessness: they shouldn’t be sofa surfing or living in B&Bs, and they certainly shouldn’t be on the streets. This is a critical issue across the country, and Byte Night is a chance to support some of the young people in our society who need it most.

“One night really can make a lifetime’s difference and funds raised will help us support children and young people to have a safe and happy childhood.”

You can continue to donate to Action for Children via Civica’s JustGiving page here.