History of Byte Night

Byte Night has been running since 1988. Every year, more than 1,000 people team up to sleep out at locations across the UK.  

The event is the brainchild of Ken Deeks MBE. Ken organised our first-ever sleep out 24 years ago, when 30 friends got together to raise £35,000 for us. The event has gone from strength to strength ever since, raising more than £12.5 million so far.  

When coronavirus hit the UK in March 2020, we were unable to raise money for vulnerable children by sleeping out as usual. But – with the help of our 10 fantastic volunteer boards – we came up with a brand-new event, Boycott your Bed. This virtual sleep out challenge brought homes together across the UK (and beyond!) for an evening of entertainment and fundraising fun.

Previous Byte Night sleep out event in Newcastle

“I have supported Byte Night for years and have always found it a very humbling experience. I get to return to a safe home, with a warm bath and plenty to eat and drink and, very sadly, this is not the case for many young people in the UK.”

– Paula Elliott, C8 Consulting Ltd.

Supporting children

For many of us, happier times lie ahead. Doing the things we love again. Maybe even getting away from it all. But for children and families already in desperate need, this crisis has made things even worse.  

Poverty has a devastating impact on children – its effects can last a lifetime. But with your help we can change things. 

This is why we’re asking you to Boycott your Bed this year. With your support, we can stop poverty and the pandemic from scarring a generation.