What is Boycott your Bed?

On Friday 9 July, we’re asking you to join forces with family, friends or colleagues to raise money and spend the night in the most unusual place you can think of.

You could rough it in the garden, pitch a tent under your table, or bunk down in the bathroom.

On the night you’ll be invited to join a virtual live streamed event. This will be jam-packed with fundraising fun, famous faces and interactive activities to keep everyone entertained. Register now and you’ll get exciting updates before the event, from den building ideas to help with your fundraising.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for Boycott your Bed and you’ll bring hope to vulnerable  UK  children hit hardest by the pandemic.

Wherever you sleep, you’ll be helping vulnerable children and families in desperate need.

Families are in crisis

Even before the pandemic, there were over 4.3 million children living in poverty across the UK.

Now things are even harder. The number of families relying on Universal Credit has doubled. Households with children are twice as likely to have suffered financial hardship – like falling behind on bills or borrowing to pay for basics – because of coronavirus.

For most of us, happier times are ahead. Doing the things we love again. Maybe even getting away from it all. But for children and families  already in desperate need, this crisis has made things even worse. For them, there’s no end in sight.

Last year, we were able to reach 387,000 children, young people and families across the UK.

The difference we make

Right now, Action for Children is providing vital help to the most vulnerable families across the UK.

In the last year, our Coronavirus Emergency Fund has provided essentials, like food and warm clothes, to around 20,000 children and young people. Our frontline key workers have kept 99% of services open.  And Parent Talk, our online support service, has been a vital lifeline for more than 350,000 children and families seeking reassurance and advice.

We work in local communities across more than 503 services, in schools and online. We make a real difference by doing what’s proven to work, and by coming up with new solutions.

More about our work

By signing up for Boycott your Bed you’ll be part of a national movement to help vulnerable children and families across the UK.

Children’s Drawing Challenge

If you’re aged 12 or under, get doodling! Draw a picture of your dream bed and you could win a brilliant prize!

Draw the most fantastical, imaginative, exciting place to boycott your bed. You could draw a den, create a new world, design a sleeping pod that would let you sleep in outer space – let your imagination run riot.

Find out more