Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow (Friday 5 October) lend his support to almost 100 sleepers and their fight to tackle youth homelessness. Mr Zeichner has backed Byte Night East Anglia, an annual sleep-out organised by the charity Action for Children, which is now in its 21st year and has so far raised over £10 million.
Funds go towards the charity’s early intervention work which helps young people at risk of abuse, who have mental health issues or who have witnessed family breakdowns – all contributing factors that increase the risk of a young person finding themselves without a safe place to call home.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “We know that there are as many as 83,000 homeless young people at any one time across the UK, a shocking statistic when a safe and loving home should be a given for all our children.
“It is important that we do everything we can not only to help these young people, but to prevent these problems coming about in the first place. That’s why I’m pleased to be supporting Action for Children’s work through Byte Night, and all those sleeping out in Cambridge for one night so that young people don’t have to.”
Julie Bentley, chief executive of Action for Children, said: “We are delighted to have Daniel’s support for Byte Night and all that it aims to achieve.
“Last year, Byte Night helped raise £1.3 million to support Action for Children’s vital work preventing youth homelessness. This allowed us to support almost 2,000 young people to remain in safe, secure and appropriate housing, as well as to work with over 2,600 young people and their families to improve relationships.
“With the support of Daniel and all of the sleepers taking part in Byte Night 2018, we know that Action for Children can continue to make a real difference to the lives of young people who would otherwise be vulnerable to homelessness.”