Orbit Services is celebrating after raising over £1,000 more than its initial £5,000 fundraising target for young homelessness prevention charity, Action for Children.
Orbit’s IT team secured £6089.44 in donations following a series of events to raise money for the charity, including a raffle, cake and samosa sale, car wash service, quiz night, and sleep out in a Birmingham grave yard.
The fundraising events were organised by the IT team in conjunction with Byte Night, the IT industry’s annual sleep out where thousands of technology teams across the UK spend a night sleeping rough on the streets to raise awareness of youth homelessness and gain sponsorship to support the charity.
Eight members from Orbit’s IT team gave up an evening at the start of October and slept rough in the grounds of St Paul’s Square, Birmingham, while others washed over 50 of their colleagues’ cars during the course of the day.
David Leach, IT director, Orbit Group, said, “We are delighted to have smashed through our £5,000 target, and would like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners and colleagues for their generous support. The sleep out was well organised and great fun – knowing we raised so much money for Action for Children and the great work they do to tackle youth homelessness made all the hard work worthwhile.”
The £6k donation raised by Orbit’s IT team has contributed to Byte Night breaking through the £1million barrier for the first time in the event’s 16 year history.