Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. Children and families are welcome at our community events.

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

    Wherever possible we recycle materials used on the evening and we reach out to relevant community groups each year to see where these can be made good use of. Equally, if you know of any Girl Guides or Scouts that would benefit from these materials after the event, please get in touch.

  • 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.

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

    You will be provided with basic kit for the night and you can find further details of this depending on your location. We advise all sleepers to dress appropriately for a night spent outdoors, this should include waterproofs, warm clothing and plenty of layers!

  • Will food be provided at the event?

    Yes, we will ensure you are well fed. Depending on the event you attend this may be during the indoor part of the evening or served outside at the sleeper site.

    Throughout the night there will also be plenty of tea, coffee and refreshments on offer. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks to the sleeper site – but this must not include alcohol or glass.

    You will be given more details and asked for your dietary requirements ahead of the event.

  • 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 locations, please get in touch.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Our ideas and tools to help will allow you to meet that all important target!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 December!

  • 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 and they will receive a prompt to complete theirs too.

  • 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 five 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. Although we do have many large and very successful teams each year.

  • 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 great opportunity for team bonding, making the experience all the more fun!

  • 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 the team and let us know as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary name changes and contact details.

  • How soon after Byte Night 2019 can I register for the next Byte Night?

    You will be able to register you interest for Byte Night 2020 as soon as the day after this year’s sleep out, and we would love to have you back!

  • I am not sure that Byte Night is the right fit, but would love to organise a similar sleep out.

    We would be delighted to hear from you if you are in touch with any local groups that may like to host a Byte Night-inspired event. We understand that a large corporate sleep out may not be suited to all of our supporters and would be happy to guide you in creating your own version.

  • What happens in the event of bad weather?

    Spending a night outdoors in October comes with an obvious risk of bad weather. We encourage all sleepers to come prepared for this. The event will go ahead in the event of poor weather conditions unless they are so severe it poses a health and safety risk.

    The Event delivery team, security and first aid will all be on hand throughout the night to assess this.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

    You will be provided with a basic kit of beanie hat, umbrella, foil blanket and ground sheet. Sleepers are advised to bring their own sleeping bags, warm, comfortable clothing and plenty of layers.