Fundraising: Me and my charity

Tina Green is director of public affairs at Hewlett-Packard, where she has worked on and off for 19 years. She supports children's charity NCH.

Why did you choose NCH?

I became aware of the charity through work. It is well known in the IT industry as the organiser of Byte Night, an annual sleep-out in support of homeless young people. Hundreds of IT professionals take part each year. It's a friendly rivalry between IT companies to see which can raise the most. I first became involved in Byte Night four years ago and was appalled to hear that there are 32,000 homeless young people in the UK, one of the biggest economies in the world.

What do you do to support the charity?

I encourage our senior management team to take part in Byte Night. I ask them to get out of their comfortable beds for one night and show that HP is doing something about homelessness.

Around six managers take part in the event each year and hundreds of people support them by making donations or organising fundraising events.

Each manager sets up their own sponsorship website, which creates a bit of internal competition. We send out emails to our contacts and relatives to raise donations. Last year I raised £2,000 and HP matched that amount. In total the company raised £36,000. We won the competition. FUN computers came second.

Do you volunteer as well?

I sit on the steering committee of its Access to IT project, to which I dedicate one day a month. It is a pilot project supported by HP and other IT companies to support disadvantaged people, not just the homeless but also refugees and disabled people. I was the catalyst at HP to provide IT equipment to the project.

Do you support other charities?

No. Unfortunately, as a single parent with a teenage son there is only so much of me to go round. Being involved in a family breakdown myself, I can see how badly things can go wrong and how easily young people can find themselves homeless - if they don't get on with their parent's new partner, for example. That's one of the reasons I'm so passionate about supporting NCH.

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