SWLEP staff and partners to sleep rough for charity

By Anita Jaynes on September 30, 2015

Members of staff from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) are joining with colleagues from partner organisations to sleep rough in order to raise thousands for charity.

Byte Night is an annual fundraising event organised by the Action for Children charity. Each year, hundreds of like-minded people from the business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.

Isobel Brown, director of SWLEP, will take part in the event alongside Ian Durston, SWLEP programme manager and they will be joined by Sally Burnett and Philippa Venables from Swindon Borough Council, Claire Alexander from Corsham Institute, Melanie Durston from Ecotricity, Maria Thomas from the Shaw Trust, Alison Edgar from Chippenham-based business Sales Coaching Solutions and Dave Houghton and Spencer Westwood from Box-based firm Aerian.

As a group the team hope to raise £4,500 for the charity. They will be sleeping rough alongside another team of fundraisers from Business West during the event, which will take place in Bristol on Friday 2 October.

Isobel Brown said: “This is a real team effort and we are well on our way to reaching our fundraising target. I have taken part in this charity sleep-out event for the past 8 years and they are always fun, but can be tough by the time the small hours come around. It really gives you a small insight into the struggles faced by young people sleeping rough on our streets.”

To make a donation to the fundraising effort, visit: www.justgiving.com/SWLEEPERS