Sleeping rough for Byte Night raises £6,000 for Action for Children


A team from Microsoft Research in Cambridge joined 125 other tech and business workers to sleep rough on October 3 for Byte Night Cambridge and raised £6,140 for Action for Children’s homelessness prevention services.


Claudio Russo, senior research engineer at Microsoft Research Cambridge, said: “A huge thanks to everyone who donated. The money we raised is going to a terrific cause – helping children and young people to find a safe place to call home.

“It was a unique and extremely rewarding experience and we would strongly encourage other local companies to join Byte Night in the fight against youth homelessness next year. You’ll be amazed at what a little team work can achieve!”

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Cambridge companies including KPMG, Citrix, Barclays, Marshalls, MathWorks and EACS spent the night exposed to the elements for Byte Night Cambridge. Simultaneous events took place in London, Belfast, Manchester, Edinburgh, Reading, Bristol and Birmingham, with over 1,500 people sleeping out across the UK.

Image: (left to right) – Action for Children fundraisers Maisie O'Malley and Kylie Prankerd with Siamak Tavakoli, Bhaskar Mitra, Claudio Russo and Becky Frost from Microsoft Research, Cambridge.

Action for Children is a charity that supports the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people and has done so for 145 years. We work directly with more than 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers each year and run more than 650 services across the UK. For more information about our work, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @actnforchildren.


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