Canon UK takes part in Byte Night 2016 charity event

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2016 – Canon UK, a leader in imaging solutions, were participants in the Byte Night London 2016 charity event last week, organised by Action for Children. The team raised £9,500 that will go towards helping disadvantaged young people across the UK.

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The annual ‘sleep out’ event saw the ‘Carry on Canon Campers’ team, consisting of 14 employees, give up their beds to spend a night on the banks of the River Thames outside Norton Rose Fulbright on Friday, 7th October. They joined 1,250 other sleepers from across the technology and business sector to support some of the 80,000 young people who find themselves homeless in the UK every year through no fault of their own. To date, over £806,000 has been raised from Byte Night with a target of £1.4 million to be raised by December.

Bob Pickles, Director of Public Sector Business Development and Public Affairs at Canon said: “We’re honoured to be part of Byte Night this year and to have contributed towards raising vital funds that are needed to help children and young people across the UK. With an estimated 85,000 young people experiencing homelessness in the UK every year, it’s imperative that businesses get behind such an important initiative that supports our future generation. In line with our company ethos, Kyosei – living and working together for the common good – we’re proud to be giving back to the community and help make a difference to the lives of young people.”

Byte Night is Action for Children's biggest annual fundraiser; a national ‘sleep-out’ event. Each year, hundreds of like-minded people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of young people. Encompassing over 10 UK locations, Byte Night is one of the UK’s top 20 mass participation charity events and is the largest charity sleep-out having raised over £8.4 million since it first began. In 2015, over 1200 people accepted the challenge and slept outside to support the issue of youth homelessness.

Founded over 145 years ago, Action for Children is one of the UK’s oldest children’s charities. They support more than 300,000 children, young people and families every year from over 650 services. Working with children, young people, parents and careers, Action for Children are not only involved in fostering and adoption, but also with schools, local councils, the disabled and much more. For more information on the organization, please visit https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

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