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Hayes cloud computing firm to sleep rough for charity

Staff from the Hayes IT company Rackspace have signed up to sleep out at this year's Byte Night.

A team from Hayes-based IT solutions company Rackspace wore pyjamas to work and held an office bake sale for charity.

The company, who are at Hyde Park Hayes off Millington Road, raised £840 for the charity Action for Children, which works on behalf of vulnerable youngsters.

In October Rackspace staff will fundraising for the charity again by sleeping outdoors as park of Byte Night Thames Valley and Byte Night London. In previous years they have raised more than £5,000 from the sleep outs.

Senior sales manager Ian Moyse said: “Rackspace has a giving culture known as ‘the Rack gives back’ and we have instigated a range of activities to raise money starting with this cake bake.

Rackspace in Hayes held a Pyjama day for the Action for Children charity.

“We want to make people aware there are teenagers in the South East who don’t have a safe and loving place to call home. And what’s more, we want show people they can do something about it.

“That’s why we’ll be sleeping rough on Byte Night, encouraging people to find out more and help us meet our fundraising target. We have plans in place for a quiz night, BBQ, fun run and bag packing at Asda’s.”

He said Rackspace allows each employee 100 hours a year charity work.

Helen Parsons, on behalf of Action for Children, added: “This year around 1,500 people will take on the challenge of spending a night exposed to the elements for Byte Night.

“It is always cold, it’s often raining, and it’s really difficult. But it’s worth it. Last year we raised more than £1.1 million – money that makes a vital difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Other businesses can register to take part at bytenight.org.uk or by emailing bytenight@actionforchildren.org.uk

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