David Meade takes on the Byte Night challenge when Custom House Square became Belfast’s first ‘pyjamming’ site with David Meade taking on the challenge of snapping himself at the popular landmark wearing just his jammies.
The TV mentalist put his own special twist on the dare set by Action for Children when he appeared levitating in front of Custom House in his nightwear.
The charity is calling on Belfast residents to join the fight against youth homelessness by ‘pyjamming’ – posing in their pyjamas and sharing photos online. The campaign coincides with Byte Night Belfast, an annual fundraiser which sees members of the business and technology communities sleep rough to raise vital funds for Action for Children’s youth homelessness services.
Meade sits on the planning committee for Byte Night Belfast, and will sleep out at the Belfast Activity Centre this October. He said: “Levitating on Custom House Square in my pyjamas was a very silly challenge, but it had a serious purpose. We want to make people aware that youth homelessness is a real issue; there are teenagers in this city who don’t have a safe place to call home. And more than that, we want to do something about it. That’s why we’re pyjamming and that’s why we’ll be sleeping rough on Byte Night. We need Belfast businesses to help us raise more than £1 million for Action for Children.”
Government figures show that local authorities in Northern Ireland registered 4,189 young people homeless from 2012 to 2013. Only a fraction of the true number of homeless young people are captured by this statistic, as many are not officially recognised by local authorities.
Charlie Halliday (17) stays at homeless accommodation provided by Action for Children. He said: “My mum had some personal problems which made it impossible for me to stay at home. I was in a very vulnerable position and I had nowhere to go, I was lucky that a room came up with Action for Children. I never had to sleep rough, but that’s only thanks to the charity.”
Byte Night takes place on Friday, October 3 across the UK. To see who is already signed up and register, please visit bytenight.org.uk. Action for Children wants Belfast residents to take part in its pyjamming challenge. Share your photo using the hashtag #pyjamming.