Sheffield and London PR firm chips in to tackle youth homelessness

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Sheffield and London based BeyondPR is aiming to take a Byte out of youth homelessness, after two of the agency’s senior staff spent a night sleeping rough in the capital recently to raise awareness and vital funds for national charity, Action for Children.

Taking a Byte out of youth homelessness:(L-R) BeyondPR’s Jon Gardner, Jann Civil and Spencer Bailey celebrate a successful Byte Night 2016.

What people don’t appreciate is the ongoing and scandalous scale of youth homelessness in our country. Every child deserves somewhere safe to sleep and Byte Night aims to tackle this – something BeyondPR is very proud to support

Spencer Bailey, Senior Press Officer, and MD Jon Gardner joined hundreds of business people sleeping out on 7 October near London Bridge, and around the country, to help try and make youth homelessness a thing of the past.

Anyone wishing to support Jon and Spencer’s fundraising efforts can do so by visiting BeyondPR’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Byte-Night-2016-BeyondPR

“The camp for homeless people set up at Park Hill flats highlights homelessness in Sheffield, but youth homelessness remains a big issue in London and throughout the UK, too,” said Managing Director of BeyondPR, Jon Gardner. “What people don’t appreciate is the ongoing and scandalous scale of youth homelessness in our country. Every child deserves somewhere safe to sleep and Byte Night aims to tackle this – something BeyondPR is very proud to support,” he added.

BeyondPR was sleeping out as new YouGov research commissioned by Action for Children revealed almost all adults in Britain (90 per cent) are unaware that 80,000 young people still find themselves homeless in the UK each year – that’s more than the capacity of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium (39,732) and Bramall Lane (32,702) combined – or the London Olympic Stadium in concert set-up. Jon and Spencer joined some of the charity’s celebrity supporters including Jenny Agutter, Anthea Turner, Larry Lamb and James Walsh of Starsailor, together with 170 other London sleepers, for the UK’s biggest sponsored sleep-out. Byte Night has raised more than £8,000,000 since it was launched by Ken Deeks in 1998.

“Byte Night is an important fundraiser, and educates business and the public about the plight of so many homeless young people living on our streets,” said BeyondPR Senior Press Officer, Spencer Bailey. “As a parent myself, Byte Night really brings home to you that no child should be sleeping rough today in a country as rich as ours,” he concluded.

Whether your business is in Sheffield, London, Swansea, Loch Lomond or Lurgan, you can get involved in Byte Night 2017. It is not too early to get more information and register. Visit http://www.bytenight.org.uk or email Helen Parsons at Helen(dot)Parsons(at)actionforchildren(dot)org(dot)uk

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