- What happens if I don't reach my target?
While the fundraising target may seem challenging, most Byte Night sleepers actually have no problem in reaching their target. Experience shows that the earlier you start your fundraising activities, the easier it is to fundraise and the more time you have to encourage your friends and contacts to sponsor you online. Many people reach their target much more quickly and easily than they expect.
If you don't reach your target by Byte Night, don't panic! We encourage our sleepers to fundraise right up until the end of the year, especially as pictures of you braving the elements at Byte Night can make people feel more generous!
Our Fundraising page contains top tips and we have lots of fundraising materials available to our sleepers. If you do need any extra advice or guidance, please don't hesitate to contact the team, we are always more than willing to help.
- Is it better to sleep out as a team or an individual?
Most Byte Nighters sleep out as part of a team, but we certainly wouldn't discourage individual sleepers.
As teams are able to fundraise together, they naturally have a wider pool of friends and contacts to reach out to and can organise team fundraising activities. Byte Night is a fantastic team-building opportunity so lots of companies will mix new recruits into a team of veterans. Sleeper teams can be made up of friends, colleagues or a mix, and you are, of course, welcome to bring several teams from one company. Inter-company competition is a Byte Night tradition, with top fundraiser leaderboards announced throughout the year.
If you choose to take part as an individual then you will still receive lots of support on your fundraising from us, and individual sleepers enjoy amazing networking opportunities at Byte Night. We can also arrange for groups of individual sleepers to get together before the event to meet friendly faces and share their fundraising ideas together.
- Do I have to hit my fundraising target before the night of Byte Night?
Absolutely not! We understand that some sponsorship comes in after the sleep out, especially through channels such as match-funding. Showing your potential sponsors photos and videos of you sleeping out can encourage them to donate more, as they see that you really did sleep out for a whole night. Why not offer a breakfast meeting the following week with pastries to share the stories and photos with your colleagues - many people find that you get lots more sponsorship as a result.
- What will my money be used for?
The money raised at Byte Night goes towards Action for Children’s vital work to support vulnerable and neglected children and young people across the UK who are at risk of youth homelessness, helping to prevent them from ending up on the streets. Thanks to Byte Night, Action for Children will be able to help provide secure accommodation, education and training opportunities to young people most in need to help them achieve their potential. Early intervention can help to prevent youth homelessness by ensuring that young people across the UK are given the support they need before it’s too late. This includes working with young people leaving the care system, giving them the practical and emotional support they need to make the transition to independent living and avoid life on the streets.
For more information on some of the projects that Byte Night has directly funded, and for personal stories for some of the young people supported by them, take a look at some of the young people we help.
- What do I need to bring on the night?
We will provide ground-sheets and plastic survival bags to all sleepers, plus a Wee Willy Winky hat and an umbrella to keep you warm and dry. All sleepers will need to bring their own sleeping bag and roll-mat (please note that inflatable mattresses are not allowed). Sleepers need to bring warm, comfortable clothing to keep warm during the October night. Sleepers are allowed to bring a pillow or extra blanket - just no beds!
The evening reception has a secure cloakroom to store your sleeping kit, however, during the sleep out, sleepers keep their bags with them, so we recommend that you don’t have any valuables with you.
- Can I bring people with me?
As a result of security and capacity, we are unable to admit anyone other than registered Byte Night sleepers. The early part of the evening is a celebration of all of the hard work our sleepers have undertaken in fundraising, so it is important that this is shared only with registered sleepers.
The consumption of alcohol is permitted during Byte Night and, therefore, there are age limitations on participants. Any under-18s need to be chaperoned by an adult an all times. If you have any more questions on this, please contact the team
- What is the set up of the evening?
Before we kick you out into the October night, we offer a warm meal, a chance to network with your peers, an auction and inspiring speeches from the young people whose lives you are changing.
After we have given you a hot, hearty meal to set you up for the sleep out, there will be a quiz and the opportunity to mix with your fellow sleepers. In addition, we will hold a raffle and live and silent auctions for you to win some amazing prizes, kindly donated by sleepers and sponsors.
After the reception, all sleepers head outside to the sleeping area to take their place under the stars. Hot drinks will be available throughout the night as well as toilets, however there are no showers. In the morning a simple breakfast and cup of tea will be provided and a chance for you to discuss who was the noisiest snorer and which member of your team is a sleep talker. After this, we send you home where you return to your family and a warm bed, a privilege many of our young people aren't lucky enough to enjoy.
- Can I bring valuables?
Although we have a cloakroom for the indoor reception for sleepers to store their sleeping kit, we strongly discourage sleepers from bringing any valuables to Byte Night, as we can’t accept any responsibility for loss or damage of your possessions. Smart phones are encouraged for participation in our auction, live tweeting and to keep your contacts and donors up to date with your evening, but items such as laptops are not advised. At most locations, there is no space to store such items and so sleepers keep belongings with them over the course of the night.
- What if it rains during the sleep out?
The sleep out enables Byte Nighters to experience a little of what it is like to be homeless and, as such, the sleep out continues even in the event of rain. We provide all sleepers with umbrellas and survival bags to them keep dry whatever the weather and have rigorous health and safety procedures in place should an emergency arise. We are committed to the safety of all of our event participants and would never put our sleepers in a position which would compromise this.
- Am I allowed to bring food and drink?
The reception includes a meal and there is a cash bar available for those who do wish to have a drink. We therefore ask that no food or drink be brought into the reception, however, you are more than welcome to bring your own snacks to the sleep out area. Please note that no glass (including bottles) is allowed on the sleep out site for health and safety reasons.
We trust that our sleepers will respect the event and be aware of safety, and will, therefore, be responsible when consuming alcohol.