Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are we allowed alcohol at the outdoor event?

    No alcohol or glass is permitted at the outdoor event. As you’ll note in the pre-event guidance and messages reinforced on the night, having fun is encouraged, but we do invite all sleepers to consider the delicate nature of the cause, the risk to the reputation of the event and the comfort of their fellow participants by drinking responsibly.

  • Can I bring my dog to the event?

    I’m afraid due to health and safety reasons we are unable to allow animals into the indoor venue, or sleeper site – unless they are a guide dog.

  • As well as fundraising, what other opportunities are there that I can get involved in to help support Byte Night and Action for Children?

    You may be interested in joining one of our Byte Night boards to help develop our regions. Throughout the year, board members get the opportunity to volunteer at events across the UK and visit their local Action for Children services. If this is something which may interest you, please get in touch.

  • Can I take part in the event if I am pregnant?

    We would suggest that you seek advice from a medical practitioner in relation to whether or not you should be taking part in Byte Night and we would ask you to provide a note to highlight that the medical practitioner agrees for you to participate in the event.

    If you do decide to participate, we would be keen to remind you that we will have a first aider present at the event will be able to tend to any needs our participants may have, as well as hot drinks that will be provided throughout the night. We would also include your participation in the risk assessment and if possible, would agree to make an area available to you should you need to go inside during the event and would provide you with additional materials to keep sleepers warm such as extra foil blankets.

    We should highlight at this point that we would take no responsibility if there were any negative outcome as a result of your choice to participate.

  • Can my child take part in Byte Night?

    Due to the nature of the event, we don’t allow children under the age of 18 to sleep out.

  • Can we combine our fundraising totals as a team?

    We do advise that teams combine their fundraising totals so you have one target, and work together to share resources, networks and contacts to fundraise. Additionally, we do encourage that individuals fundraise half their target and the other half is raised as a team effort. Overall, we have found that fundraising is a create opportunity for team bonding, making the experience all the more fun!

  • Can we fundraise as a team rather than individuals?

    If possible, we do encourage fundraising as a team, as some people might have more generous networks than others and these can counteract any team members who may not be able to raise their target. There are also lots of other ways to boost your funds including potential company matched funding. Getting involved in team events is a great way of fundraising, your team could organise such things as race and quiz nights, and we have even had teams complete an abseil challenge down their office building! If you do decide to fundraise as a team, you can either create a team page through our recommended online fundraising page, JustGiving, which will link all of your team members’ individual pages together or create a shared page.

  • Do the items used at the event, i.e. foil blankets, tarpaulin and umbrella get recycled?

    At present, we aren’t able to recycle our materials but we are currently looking into waste management companies to change this. Equally, if you know of any Girl Guides or Scouts that would benefit from these materials after the event, please get in touch.

  • How do I go about registering and inviting members to join my team?

    To register, please go onto our home page and click the ‘register now’ button which will take you through to the sign up page where you can input all your details. This page will also give you the option to add members to your team, we just ask you to input their name and email. Once you have registered, your team will all receive an invite email which will include a link they can follow to sign up.

  • How many people can I have in my team?

    You are not limited to any number of team members, but typically teams are made up of 5 sleepers. When recruiting for your team, we do ask that team members consider the fundraising target before committing, as the bigger your team, the bigger your overall fundraising target.

  • How soon after Byte Night 2018 can we register for Byte Night 2019?

    Registration for Byte Night 2019 will go live at midnight on Friday 5th October, so you will be able to secure your place for next year before this year’s event is over!

  • I don’t want to sleep out but I would still love to be involved with the event in some way, are there any other options to get involved?

    Definitely! Byte Night would not be as successful as it is today without the help and support of our volunteer’s year on year. We have many volunteer roles across the event that range from registering sleepers to selling raffle tickets. If you would like to be a volunteer at any one of our 12 locations, please get in touch.

  • If a team member is no longer able to participate, can someone else take their place?

    Absolutely. If a team member is no longer able to attend the event but you have someone else to fill their place, this can be done very easily. Please contact your Byte Night event lead via our contact page and let us know as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary name changes and contact details.

  • If I donate a prize to either the auction or raffle on the night, does this contribute to my/ my team’s fundraising total?

    As we really do appreciate the income that prizes can raise on the night, we sadly cannot contribute prize income to team’s fundraising. This is because assigning the income to individuals or teams would be logistically a challenge and also reduce the fundraising total for events dramatically.

  • My company offer employees matched funding, can I utilise this to boost my funds?

    Absolutely. As you are probably aware, matched funding is where a company offers to donate an amount of money to your fundraising efforts; this can either match the amount that you’ve raised or be a fixed amount agreed upfront. We recommend teams to explore whether their company can offer this as it is a great way to help sleepers not only hit their target but exceed it. If you are applying for match funding and need any support, please contact your Byte Night event lead via our contact page.

  • The fundraising target is quite a lot to raise by myself, how do I go about meeting my target?

    We do understand that the target sponsorship amount can seem daunting but with company support as well as friends and family, nearly every sleeper does exceed their target. A few well-placed emails, events and activities can raise a large amount of money. Also, our job as the Byte Night team is to help you with your fundraising as much as possible. We have a range of ideas on our Byte Night site, including email templates, email banners and sponsorship forms. Please be advised that you can still fundraise post event because we do not ask for all the money until March the following year!

  • What do I need to bring and what will I be given on the night?

    On the night, you will receive a tarpaulin sheet, a foil blanket, an umbrella and a hat before bedding down for the night. We advise all sleepers to dress appropriately with a suitable number of layers, as well as a winter/ rain jacket. We also ask sleepers to bring a sleeping bag and a roll mat if they wish.

  • What happens if I/ or my team don’t meet our target?

    When registering for Byte Night, you will be committing to raising the minimum Byte Night sponsorship target set by Action for Children, we ask that you consider the importance of this target when registering, as all funds raised are vital for Action for Children. Teams are allowed to fundraise until March the following year and throughout that time the Byte Night team will support you with your fundraising. Our ideas and tools to help will allow you to meet that all important target!

  • Where do I find out the event venue of the Byte Night location I am sleeping out at?

    As soon as we have the venue confirmed for each region, we will publish this on our site.

  • Why isn’t there an event closer to me?

    We build our events based on the amount of interest we get to warrant the expense and resources needed to hold Byte Night. If you are interested in hosting your own event near you, please get in touch to see how we can help support you.

  • Will food be provided at the event?

    Yes, you will receive a hearty meal in the indoor event and then hot drinks will be available throughout the night should you need a warm-up. If you have any dietary requirements, we ask that you let the team know as soon as possible.

  • Will the event be safe?

    The safety and welfare of everyone attending Byte Night is our number one priority. Security will be present throughout the event and will be patrolling the sleeper site to ensure that everyone is kept safe. There will also be a trained first aider should any one require medical assistance.