History of Byte Night

For the past 22 years, Action for Children has organised Byte Night: the UK’s longest running corporate sleep out event.

Byte Night is the brainchild of Ken Deeks MBE. Ken organised our first-ever sleep out in 1998, when 30 friends got together to raise £35,000 for the charity.

Originally for those in the technology industry, the event has inspired thousands of people to team up and sleep out in towns and cities every year.

Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength, raising more than £12.5 million along the way; changing the lives of children and families across the UK.

Previous Byte Night sleep out event in Newcastle

“I have supported Byte Night for years and have always found it a very humbling experience. I get to return to a safe home, with a warm bath and plenty to eat and drink and, very sadly, this is not the case for many young people in the UK.”

– Paula Elliott, C8 Consulting Ltd.

Supporting families

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus crisis, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel running Byte Night in its usual format for this year.

But with the help of our ten fantastic volunteer boards, we asked people up and down the country to boycott their beds instead. We were blown away by the support of our boards, whose hard work and commitment helped to make Boycott your Bed a success.

This virtual event brought homes across the UK together to raise vital funds, which will allow Action for Children to continue supporting families in desperate need.

"We're so thankful for all the support we've received to transform Byte Night into something new and exciting this year. We can't wait to bring the country together for a night of fun and fundraising."

– Anna Barter, Action for Children