A SCOTTISH technology company has raised over £2,000 after three of its staff members spent the night sleeping rough for charity.
Scottish telecoms and network service provider, Commsworld, pledged £1,000 towards the Action for Children ‘Byte Night’, a national ‘sleep-out’ event.
The generous sum was then added to by staff members Jane McVey, Mark Wright and Paul Moore, who managed to gain extra donations for their challenge.
The trio spent last Friday night in Blythswood Square, Glasgow, with nothing more than a sleeping bag for warmth to help raise awareness about youth homelessness and raised over £2,000 in the process.
Jane McVey, Senior Account Manager at Commsworld, said: “It was a really good event and great to hear from everyone involved.
“We all met at around seven o’clock and then had inspirational talks from some young people who have been homeless.
“There was then a silent auction. Commsworld donated an iPad and there were other items up for grabs like a hotel stay and Paul Weller tickets.”
She continued: “Then we all headed outside into the rainy night. The weather was miserable but we eventually settled down at about three in the morning.
“I was only asleep for about an hour though before I woke up soaking wet from all the rain and had to change my top.
“Everyone then got up about six and we had bacon rolls before heading home. It really brought home what the young people have to go through and we were all delighted that we could raise the money to help.”
Various sleep-out events took place across the UK as the night celebrated its tenth year.
Byte Night was set up in 1998 for workers from the technology industry to give up their beds for one night to raise much needed funds for homeless charities.
Ricky Nicol, CEO at Commsworld, said: “It’s such a terrific event and raises funds for a really important cause so we were naturally thrilled to get right behind it.
“We’re really proud of Jane, Mark and Paul’s efforts and think it’s great that they managed to raise so much to help out young people who are homeless in Scotland.”
Byte Night is one of the UK’s biggest mass participation events and has raised £9.6 million since its inauguration ten years ago.
Commsworld is an Edinburgh headquartered firm, with offices in Glasgow and Aberdeen and more than 70 staff.
Founded in 1994, it supports thousands of the country’s leading organisations, in both the Public and Private Sectors, with their business-critical Internet, Data and Voice Communications.
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