Boycott Your Bed: Stay Up

Anywhere Oct 7 — Oct 8

Boycott your Bed for one night and raise vital funds to support vulnerable children in the UK

The challenge

Sign up. Join in. Stay up.

This October, it’s time to join our dream team. A community of people giving up one night’s sleep to raise vital funds to support vulnerable children in the UK.

Whatever you do with your night, the money you raise could make a vulnerable child’s dreams of a safe and happy childhood come true.

We’ll be on hand every step of the way with invigorating challenges in the exclusive Bed Boycotters Facebook group.

What will you do with an extra 12 hours to fill?

  • Host an epic movie marathon
  • Bust a groove and dance through the night
  • Fire up your gaming console and stream the night away

And if you can’t escape the drowsiness, a £15 donation will buy you a 45 minute ‘cat nap’.

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How it works

  1. Sign up for free using the form below.
  2. Set up your fundraising page on GivePenny.
  3. Tell all your friends and family about your challenge – why not persuade them to sign up and join you as well?
  4. Plan how you will be staying awake.


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How you’ll help

We know how to help children in poverty – but we can’t do it without you. 

Right now, there are 3.9 million UK children locked in poverty. And with the cost of living crisis spiraling out of control, they’re even more vulnerable. Tonight, children all over the UK will go to sleep hungry. Some won’t even have a warm bed to climb into.

Together, we can make sure children have the essentials – like warm clothes, hot meals and a proper bed. We can offer the right mental health support, so children thrive.

Growing up in poverty is one of the biggest barriers a child can face. They’re more likely to face a serious illness during childhood as a result.

Poverty’s hidden side effects can be just as painful. No child should have to carry the burden of excess stress that comes with living in poverty. No child should feel the embarrassment. Or the social isolation that comes from missing out on trips, experiences and opportunities.

For the last 25 years, Action for Children has challenged people to give up their bed for a night and raise money to help vulnerable children.

This year you can join in too.

Sign up. Join in. Stay up.

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Sign up to the Boycott Your Bed challenge is free, you’ll then raise donations as part of your challenge.

Staying awake overnight can have a negative impact on your body, mentally and physically. You should only do this challenge for one night.

Please do not participate in this activity if you have a health condition that may be exacerbated by a lack of sleep. There are lots of other ways to raise funds for Action for Children.

Please read our guide to staying awake safely.

We ask you aim to raise £50 for this challenge!

Absolutely! Boycott Your Bed is the perfect challenge to take on with friends, family, or colleagues. Why not get your workplace involved and add a competitive element to your challenge?

We recommend that each individual sets up their own fundraising page for their challenge, though — this means you can more easily track your fundraising and share with as many people as possible.

Due to the potential negative impact of staying awake overnight, we ask that all participants are over the age of 18.

If younger ones want to get involved with the fun, hold a ‘mini Boycott your Bed’. Their challenge could be to stay up until midnight.

Ready to to Boycott Your Bed?

Sign up today