A rousing story of how a down-and-out teenager in Bournemouth turned his life around thanks to a children’s charity has inspired a local businessman to make a difference.
Company director David Newman will join 600 technology industry professionals in one week’s time, sleeping out on the pavements of London this Friday (October 5th) in aid of Action for Children – www.actionforchildren.org.uk
Similar events are being held simultaneously in other major cities by the charity, which runs services from locations in Bournemouth, Ringwood and Fordingbridge.
Action for Children has raised more than £4m through Byte Night since inception in 1998, providing vital support to projects which offer safe and secure accommodation to vulnerable children and youngsters at risk of homelessness.
Father-of-three David, 46, from Bournemouth, said: “Youth homeless and neglect are unacceptable – my eyes were opened to these issues by an Action video, which also focused on how one rough sleeper’s life locally was turned around for the better by the charity.”
The co-founder of Ringwood-based Canotec, which supplies document management technology to hundreds of businesses across southern England, said: “Byte Night is proving a real success and my objective is to try and bring greater awareness of this good cause to our area, hopefully with our own Byte Night Sleep out on the South Coast in 2013 – London is currently the only place in the South to host the event.”
To date around 200,000 people have been helped by Action for Children through 480 projects around the UK, improving outcomes in safety, heath, relationships and achievements.
David is aiming to raise £1,000 in his first sleep out and will be watching the weather forecast closely hoping the recent storms stay away that night.
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The byte in Byte Night is a reference to a byte, a fundamental unit of measurement for all data storage.