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. Take a look at page 9 to see how some of our supporter Boycotted their Beds last year!  

     
    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. Make sure you 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 children entertained. You’ll also find out a bit more about Action for Children and the work we do.  

     
    We’ll share all the details on our website and social media channels. 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 we’ll give you 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

  • How do I get started with fundraising?

    We know that raising money can seem daunting. But with the help of work, friends and family, our sleepers can surprise themselves with how much they raise. A few well-placed emails, events and activities can raise a lot of money! We’re here to help you, too. There are loads of fundraising ideas and resources including digital invitations, social media assets and sponsorship forms.  

  • Can we fundraise as a team rather than individuals?

    Yes! We positively encourage you to raise money as a team. Some people might have more generous networks than others, which can boost the total of team members who are less able to hit their target. Team events – like quizzes and race nights – are also a great way to boost donations.  

  • I’ve heard that some companies offer matched funding – can I use this scheme?

    Absolutely. Matched funding is where a company donates an amount of money to your fundraising total. They’ll either match what you’ve raised or donate a fixed amount, which is normally agreed upfront. Ask your company whether they offer this, as it’s a great way to hit your target.  

  • If I donate a prize to either the auction or raffle, does this contribute to my/my team’s fundraising total?

    Unfortunately not. We really appreciate the income that prizes raise on the night, but this doesn’t contribute to your/your team’s fundraising.  

  • How many people can I have in my team?

    This depends on how you’re choosing to Boycott your Bed and the government guidance within your country on 9 JulyPlease follow any guidance in place local to you. For example, if you’re planning to build a large team, it’s probably best to do so as separate households.  Please visit Keep Your Event Safe & Legal for more information. 

  • Can we combine our fundraising totals as a team?

    Yes! Raising money as a team is a brilliant way to increase funds and promote team building. Team fundraising events – like quizzes, comedy nights or socially distanced bake sales – really can boost donations. We recommend combining your fundraising totals so that your team only has one target. You can also work together to raise money. Our advice is for each sleeper to raise half of their personal target. Then, you raise the rest of the money as a team. This is a great opportunity for team bonding and makes the experience even more fun.  

  • If a team or family member can’t take part, can someone else take their place?

    Absolutely. Get in touch with the Boycott your Bed team as soon as possible so that we can change the name and contact details.  

     

    If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with us at:  

    [email protected]