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Boycott your Bed: England North

Leeds Oct 7 — Oct 8

Give up your bed for one night and help raise vital funds for vulnerable children. Get together with your colleagues and join us in Leeds

On Friday 7 October 2022, the Boycott your Bed England North sleep out will be held in Leeds City Centre.

Get together with your colleagues. Create a dream team. And take on the challenge of sleeping out.

Fundraise in the lead up to the national event on 7 October and on the night you'll be involved in a unique experience of bonding with your team. Spend an unforgettable night sleeping out under the stars and help make children’s dreams of a safe and happy childhood come true.

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By boycotting your bed, you’ll raise vital funds to support children in need of help across the UK.

What to expect on the night

Corporate teams will be treated to a networking dinner at Leeds Civic Hall before setting up to sleep out for the night in the Millennium Square.

More details about the event will be released soon so make sure you’re signed up to get the latest news.

The launch event

The Launch of Boycott your Bed England North took place on 23 June 2022, virtually (due to national rail strikes). The evening was an opportunity for interested companies and individuals to hear more about how they could get involved.

Guests heard from the Co-Chairs of the Board, Steve Rake and Howard Hall about how to sign up, fundraise and the format of the evening.  Frances Jameson, Events Lead, explained more about the positive impact funds raised from this event will have on the children and young people we support.

Boycott your Bed England North Launch Gallery - Teams

'Selfie time' at the Boycott your Bed England North virtual launch

Our final speaker was Sarah Tootell, one of Action for Children’s Children’s Services Managers from Greater Manchester. She spoke about her job and the vital work that Action for Children carries out to help and support children and families on a day-to-day basis.

Before closing, there was time for a short question and answer session, and guests then signed up to Boycott your Bed.

Thank you to all those who attended. It was a great way to kick-off the England North event.

FAQs

The event will take place at Leeds Civic Hall, followed by a sleepout in Millennium Square. The full address is Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR.

The exact timings of the event are still to be determined.

Typically the evening starts at around 6pm for food, drinks and networking. Sleepers head outside around 11pm, and are given breakfast at around 6am the following morning before heading home.

Yes. Before participants sleep out, there's an indoor event with networking, food and drinks. You’ll meet the other teams participating in the event.

There are no minimum or maximum limits on team-sizes, but we like to go by ‘the more, the merrier!’.

While there's no minimum fundraising amount, we suggest all participants aim to raise at least £500.

Yes, although we’ll be sad to see you go, there’s always a drop out option for those who need it.

Always! There will be ideas and resources available in our emails, on our website and on social media.

The team are also always available on [email protected] if you need more specific support.

We’ve created step-by-step guides to help you set up your JustGiving page:

As this is a corporate networking event, it's encouraged you bring along a team of colleagues. However, we welcome anyone to take part in Boycott your Bed Live 2022.

We advise that you bring warm clothes and something you'd like to sleep in/on (i.e. a sleeping bag or sleeping mat). We'll provide tarpaulins and foil blankets for the safety of all participants.

Due to the nature of this event, it's for over-18s only.

Unfortunately this is a live event.

We have another event called Boycott your Bed: Stay Up, which can be done at home. This event will not have a live element. You can find out more at on the Boycott your Bed: Stay Up event page.

The team will work hard to ensure that all participants are safe throughout their Boycott your Bed experience, with dedicated security, safety equipment and processes in place to take care of every eventuality.

They'll also continue to closely monitor the situation with Covid-19 and commit to following any government guidance in place at the time of the event.

If you have any specific safety-related questions, the team will be happy to answer them at [email protected]

We ask that a team attends the same event – but, by all means, within your company you can create multiple teams to sleep out at different regions.

There'll also be some interactive moments on the night bringing everyone together!

Dependent on the nature of the disability, some people might find participating in the event uncomfortable. However, the Events Team will do everything they can to make the event fully inclusive and accessible.

If the team are made aware of specific accessibility issues in advance, they can work with you to ensure that necessary measures are in place, and help decide whether the event is a good fit for you/the person.

Action for Children’s vision is for every child in the UK to have a safe and happy childhood and the foundations they need to thrive. We protect and support children and young people. We do this by providing practical and emotional care and support. We make sure their voices are heard. And we campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.

For information on more specific projects and services, you can visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk

Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions on households below average income (HBAI) statistics show 3.9 million children in relative poverty. You can find out more on the gov.uk website under statistics, households below average income for financial years ending 1995 to 2021.

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