Boycott your Bed: Live

Around the UK Oct 7 — Oct 8

This October, we're challenging you to raise money by giving up your bed for one night. Get together with your colleagues and join us

Boycott your Bed: Live is an opportunity for corporate teams to come together – with both colleagues and peers – and fundraise for vulnerable children.

On Friday 7 October 2022, corporate teams – in London, Leeds, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow – will be involved in a unique experience of bonding. Join them, get together with your colleagues and spend an unforgettable night sleeping out under the stars.

Choose the event in your region for more details:

The difference you'll make

For the last 25 years, Action for Children has challenged people to give up their bed for a night, raising an incredible £13 million along the way. This simple act has had a huge impact on children, young people and their families across the UK.

Right now, there are 3.9 million UK children in poverty. Home isn’t the loving place it’s supposed to be. Tonight, children all over the UK will go to sleep hungry. Some of these children don’t even have a warm bed to climb into.

This year, by boycotting your bed and raising vital funds, you can help to provide food, clothes and essentials to children in crisis.

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  • England South: The exact location of the event is still being determined, but the team are working hard to ensure that it is somewhere central, easy to get to and has a great atmosphere!
  • England North: 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.
  • Wales: The event and sleepout will take place at Action for Children’s very own Headland’s School: 2 St Augustine’s Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.
  • Northern Ireland: The event and sleepout will take place at Stormont Pavilion, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3TA.
  • Scotland: The event will take place at Renfield Training Centre right in the heart of Glasgow’s Charing Cross., followed by a sleepout in Blythswood Gardens.

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

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 website under statistics, households below average income for financial years ending 1995 to 2021.

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