Sleeping rough for charity: Businessman takes to the streets for sixth year

Byte Night
Byte Night

A businessman from Milton Keynes will be taking part in the UK’s biggest sponsored sleep-out next month.

Richard Redman, a relationship director at Barclays Bank, will be among 130 people sleeping out at the Cambridge airport on October 2, joining more than 1,500 at eight locations across the UK for Action for Children’s Byte Night.

Richard Redman

Richard Redman

Funds raised by the annual event help the charity support children and young people across the UK to have a safe and loving home.

Richard said: “We’re asking companies around Milton Keynes to find out more about our annual sleep-out, perhaps sign up a team and join us this year or next, or help us smash last year’s £1.1m total by donating at

“This is my sixth Byte Night and each year the sleep-out gets better and the camaraderie you feel taking part with everyone even more special.

“It’s a unique opportunity for networking and team building and although it’s a hard night, it’s also fun - but the difference is we can return to warm homes, full fridges, and cosy beds in the morning. For many children and young people living in the UK this simply isn’t the case.

“I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of the young people Action for Children supports and hear their inspiring stories first-hand. At times it’s unbelievably hard for me to comprehend some of the desperate situations and circumstances young people find themselves with no support or guidance.

“Every year I feel proud as more and more money is raised to offer more support, which can really help put their lives back on track. That’s why I’m sleeping out again this year. One night really can make a lifetime’s difference to the vulnerable children and young people we support.”

To donate, find out more or register to take part, go to or contact the Byte Night team on