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 6 October 2023, 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 6 October and on the night you'll be involved in a unique experience of bonding with your team. Spend a night sleeping outside in Millennium Square, braving the elements, 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.
Corporate teams will attend 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.
On Thursday 18th May, at Burberry’s rooftop terrace in Leeds, over 50 guests from 30 companies joined together to hear more about Boycott your Bed and how to get involved. This was a hybrid launch, so guests were also able to join virtually.
Kicking off the evening was an introduction to Burberry's office from board member Jonathan Sheldrake, followed by a warm welcome from co-chair Howard Hall and board member Nick Rawlings. Guests enjoyed an inspiring speech from Ruth Baldwin, Operational Director of Children’s Services, highlighting Action for Children’s brilliant services in the north of England.
Thank you to everyone that joined us, it was a great way to kick off Boycott your Bed England North. If you would like to sign up for the Leeds sleep out event on the 6th October, please click here or email [email protected] for further details.
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Where is the Leeds Boycott your Bed taking place?
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.
What will the timings be for the event?
The evening starts with arrival at 7pm for food, drinks and networking. Sleepers head outside between 10pm and 11pm, and are given breakfast at around 6am the following morning before heading home. Sleepers will be emailed full details about timings closer to the event.
Will there be an opportunity to network with other corporates?
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.
How big does my team need to be?
There are no minimum or maximum limits on team-sizes, but we like to go by ‘the more, the merrier!’.
How much do I have to fundraise?
While there's no minimum fundraising amount, we suggest all participants aim to raise at least £500.
I haven’t set up a fundraising page yet – how do I do this?
Can I drop out at a later date, if it’s no longer convenient for me to take part?
Yes, although we’ll be sad to see you go, there’s always a drop out option for those who need it.
Will someone be able to help me with fundraising ideas?
Can I create a team of friends, or do they need to be corporates?
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 2023.
What should I bring with me?
We advise that you bring warm clothes and something you would like to sleep in/on, i.e. a sleeping bag or sleeping mat. You may wish to bring your own tarpaulin/waterproof sheet to lay on. Foil bags will be provided for the safety of all participants, and in the event of bad weather, ponchos and umbrellas will also be available. For further details on kit, please read our Sleeper Safety Guidelines.
Can under-18s participate?
Due to the nature of this event, it's for over-18s only.
Will there be an opportunity to take part virtually?
Unfortunately this is a live event, although there are options to re-create the event yourself, should you be unable to attend one of our live events, please email us on boycott[email protected] to request further information.
What safety measures will be in place at the event?
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. Please read our Sleeper Safety Guidelines for further details. If you have any specific safety-related questions, the team will be happy to answer them at [email protected]
Do my team all have to attend the same location?
We do ask that a team attends the same event – but by all means, within your company you can create multiple teams who can sleep out at different regions. There will be some interactive moments (like a quiz) on the night bringing everyone together!
Is the event accessible to those with physical disabilities?
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.
What will Action for Children do with the money I raise?
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
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