At present, there are 135,000 homeless children in Britain. In England, 49% of young people accessing services became homeless due to family relationship breakdown. And one in four homeless people have been in care.


CEO Byte Night is Action for Children’s experiential overnight sleep out event for senior business leaders, giving them an opportunity to fundraise to help ensure children have safe and loving homes across the UK. CEO Byte Night doesn’t replicate what it’s like to sleep rough. But it will give participants an insight into the reality homeless young people face every day.

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Action for Children believe that every child should grow up safe and happy. That’s why we provide support to help them thrive and step in to help when times get tough. This means protecting the vulnerable from neglect and abuse. It means supporting young people who are homeless and those who care for others. It’s finding safe and loving homes and giving children a voice by campaigning for something better.

On the night

You’ll have the opportunity to network with peers and spend time with some of the inspiring young people that Action for Children have supported before sleeping out overnight in a secure outdoor location. We’ll provide you with a sleeping bag, an insulated ground mat, a woolly hat, a golf umbrella and a hot breakfast in the morning.

Previous participants have aimed to raise £10,000 through fundraising, securing a company donation or matched funding – or a combination of all three. This transformational amount could pay for three nights’ emergency accommodation for five homeless young people, giving them the time and practical support they need to find a permanent place to live.

"It was a pleasure to meet some of the amazing children supported by Action for Children, and to understand how the charity has helped them to positively change their lives."

Francis Wilkinson
UK Finance Director at Turner & Townsend who took part last year

Gary’s Story

Gary struggled to maintain a healthy relationship with his mum and siblings after his dad died. Aged 13, he went into care. Gary tried moving back into his mum’s two years later. But their relationship was still strained. One night, the police were called and Gary had to go back into care. “When I turned 16, I was legally able to leave care, so I did,” says Gary. “There were more than a few occasions when I’d just walk about the whole night until the morning when someone would be awake. I’d just walk and it was tiring. It was lonely and, at times, it was a wee bit scary.”

Gary's Story

Gary started drinking heavily as a way of coping. “At first, drinking was a social thing, but then I became emotionally dependent on it. The more I drank, the more I forgot. But then the more I drank, the more I thought about it. It was a horrid cycle to be stuck in.” After a year of sofa surfing, Gary found Action for Children. He moved into one of our Preparation for Life supported living services. He says: “Prep is essentially a hostel but with 24-hour staff on hand if you need them. The staff gave us structure and we’d do shared meals. If it wasn’t for Action for Children, I would be somewhere really bad. The services and the staff were amazing, and they taught me a lot.”

For more information on how you can take part or support the event, please contact


This event is part of Byte Night, the UK’s largest running corporate sleep out.

CEO Byte Night