Action for Children’s annual fundraising event Byte Night has raised £1m for the first time since its launch 15 years ago.
On 4 October, more than 1,400 IT executives slept outside at seven sites around the UK, including London, Belfast and Edinburgh in aid of the charity, which supports vulnerable and neglected children and young people.
Founded in 1998 by Ken Deeks, a director at the Amber Group, a training and communications consultancy, the first Byte Night event raised £35,000 from 30 people from the IT industry.
More than £6m has been raised altogether since the launch of Byte Night, with the 2012 event raising £950,000. More than £1m has been raised so far this year, with money still coming in.
Money raised from the event will fund emergency accommodation for young people and support programmes that help families stay together, Action for Children said.
Sarah Cook, director of fundraising at Action for Children, said: "Byte Night has gone from strength to strength each year, raising huge amounts of money and awareness for young homeless people in the UK.
"It’s an amazing and very humbling achievement and wouldn’t be possible without the tireless effort of Ken and James Bennet, co-founders of the event, the other Byte Night Boards and all the people who give up their time and expertise to make this event possible."