Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I sleep anywhere?

    Although Boycott your Bed encourages you to find an unusual or different place to sleep in your home, it’s important for you to check the location you plan to sleep in is suitable and safe. Participants are responsible for ensuring that they are sufficiently fit and healthy to take part in the event. If you are unsure of your physical ability to take part, please seek medical advice from your General Practitioner prior to boycotting your bed.

  • How do I donate on the night?

    We have multiple ways that you can donate to Action for Children. You can donate via our  Givergy page or text BYB to 60706 to give £15.  

    On the Givergy website you’ll also see we’re running a silent auction and prize draw. This is open to anyone whether they’re boycotting their beds or not, so share far and wide!  

  • Is there a deadline for signing up?

    Nope! You can sign up right until the event starts, but we recommend doing it as early as possible to take advantage of all the fun content and fundraising ideas that we will be sending out to our participants.

  • Is there a minimum age to take part?

    We don’t have a minimum age requirement for taking part, but ask that carers and parents make sure children are behaving responsibly and in a safe manner for the duration of Boycott your Bed. Closer to the time we will send everyone guidance on how to keep yourselves safe on the night.

    All of our entertainment and activities are suitable for children of every age, but younger children may not find the content after 8:30 pm as engaging.

  • How much do I need to fundraise?

    There is no set fundraising target for those taking part in Boycott your Bed. Instead, upon signing up we ask you to estimate how much you might raise for Action for Children. This will help us ensure we can send you relevant fundraising hints and tips and support you to help you reach your target. Remember, wherever you sleep, you’ll help vulnerable children and families who are in desperate need. Who are worried about their future. And who don’t know when they’ll feel safe and happy again.

  • How many people can I have in my team?

    As many as you like! When it comes to the night itself though you need to ensure you’re following government guidance on lockdown and social distancing measures for the 21st August. If you’re planning to build a large team, it’s probably best to plan to do so as separate households, but you can still be fundraising as a collective in the lead up and connect virtually on the evening.

  • If a team member is no longer able to take part, can someone else take their place?

    Absolutely! Get in touch with the Boycott your Bed team on [email protected] as soon as possible so that we can swap their name and contact details.

  • Can we fundraise as a team rather than individuals?

    Yes! Raising money as a team can be a brilliant way to increase funds and promote team building. Team fundraising events – like quizzes, comedy nights or socially distanced bake sales – are a great way to 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 themselves. Then, you raise the rest of the money as a team. This is a great opportunity for team bonding and can make the experience even more fun.

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

    Absolutely. Matched funding is where a company offers to donate an amount of money to your fundraising efforts. 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 fundraising target.