Over 100 business professionals brave the cold at Cambridge Airport for UK’s largest sleep-out

The Ernst Young team.

The Ernst Young team. - Credit: Archant

Over 100 people from 18 of the region’s businesses took part in the sixth East Anglia ‘Byte Night’ at Cambridge Airport on Friday (October 7) to raise money for Action for Children.

The KPMG team.

The KPMG team. - Credit: Archant

The annual sponsored event is on target to pull in £110,000 for the children’s charity this year - making it £500,000 raised since the first sleep out in 2010.

Teams from large and small companies across Cambridge and East Anglia including Marshalls, Bailey Fisher, ARM, Mills & Reeve, Deloitte and HSBC joined 1,500 others simultaneously sleeping out across 10 locations up and down the UK.

Organisers hope to have raised £1.4 million nationally this year in support of Action for Children services including disability respite service Woodland Lodge in Cambridge and sheltered accommodation project, West Suffolk Shared Housing.

Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, slept out in Birmingham. He said: “It was such an inspirational night with a great sense of camaraderie, and truly moving to see small and larger businesses from across the UK working together to make a real difference to the children, young people and families we support.

Some of the teams camping out on Friday.

Some of the teams camping out on Friday. - Credit: Archant

“We already have big plans for next year’s event and registrations are now open, so please join one of the biggest annual fundraisers in the UK and help us provide essential support to those who need it the most.”

To donate or for more information, visit bytenight.org.uk or contact bytenight@actionforchildren.org.uk