Friday 9 July

Ditch the duvet. Banish the blanket. Pack the pillow.  

Spend the night in the most unusual place you can think of while enjoying a star-studded evening of virtual entertainment. Join Dynamo, Jessica Hynes, Laura Hamilton and friends for a night your family will never forget.

Wherever you sleep, the money you raise can help make dreams of a safe and happy childhood come true.


What is Boycott your Bed?

Boycott your Bed is back. On Friday 9 July, we’re challenging you to raise money by spending the night in the most unusual place you can think of.

Where will you sleep to challenge yourself? Will you camp out under the stars or under the stairs? Bunk down in the bathroom or the back garden? Wherever you choose to lay your head, you’ll be helping vulnerable children and families in desperate need.

Before you settle in for the night, join friends, family and colleagues for a star-studded evening of virtual entertainment with guests including Laura Hamilton, Jessica Hynes and many more.

Boycott your Bed and bring hope to vulnerable UK children hit hardest by the pandemic.  

On the night

The Boycott your Bed entertainment live stream is back for 2021 – and it’s bigger than ever!

From 6pm to 10pm on Friday 9th July, our brilliant Boycott your Bed participants will enjoy a jam-packed evening of stories, games, challenges, music and much, much more.

TV personalities Lydia Bright and Jake Quickenden will be your hosts for the night, with magician Dynamo casting his magic spell live from the studio during an evening of entertainment and fun. Special guest appearances include actor and comedian Shane Richie, Strictly dancers Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk, Action for Children ambassador Angela Rippon and DJ Charlotte de Carle.

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Where could your fundraising go?


could provide an emergency food package for two families in crisis.


could buy a bed for a child who doesn’t have a comfortable place to sleep.


could provide an immediate, one-off grant to two families who need urgent help to cover the costs of essentials like food, bills or baby items.

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Event information

Event contact

In need of more information? We’re here to help!

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You can also get in touch with our Supporter Services team on 0300 123 2112 to have a chat about the event or make a donation.

Are you interested in finding out more about other ways to support Action for Children?

Event FAQs

  • How do I Boycott my Bed?

    How you choose to Boycott your Bed is completely up to you. You could spend the night on your sofa, build a den in your living room, or pitch a tent in the back garden. As long as you’re not in bed, it’s all good!  

    Fancy more of a challenge? Then why not find the most unusual place in your home or garden and sleep there for the night? Just make sure it’s safe and within Covid guidelines for your area.   

    Remember to take a selfie or photo so we can see where you’re sleeping. Share your pictures with us on social media using #boycottyourbed 

  • What happens on the night?

    Get set up for the evening in your chosen Boycott your Bed spot. Between 6pm and 10pm you can join our virtual live stream event, which is accessible from any smartphone, tablet or computer with internet.  

    As well as fundraising fun, there’ll be lots of interactive activities to keep the whole family entertained. Halfway through the night we’ll be having a short break to allow the little ones the chance to boycott their beds first! Read more about the full line up. You’ll also find out a bit more about Action for Children and the work we do.  

    We’ll be sharing the live broadcast link on the day of the event, so don’t forget to sign up to take part! Keep an eye on your emails for news, too. 

  • Can my child take part in Boycott your Bed?

    Of course! We encourage families to take part together. There’s no age limit. But check the details about the activities before the event, so you know what to expect. There will be lots of activities for children before bedtime. As the evening progresses and the little ones are asleep, you can expect activities and entertainment for the grown ups