Boycotting our beds to help support vulnerable children and families

Shaana Sandhu, Burendo’s People Partner takes us through her experience boycotting her bed to raise money for Action for Children.

Joining the national Boycott your Bed sleepout was an achievement in so many ways. Despite not getting much sleep, I felt proud to take part in an event supporting such a good cause, knowing that the money raised would make a real difference to the lives of children and families across the UK.

As someone who loves the comfort of their own bed, sleeping outside with only a roll mat, sleeping bag, and wearing lots of layers was definitely a personal challenge. But teamwork got me through it, and it was an excellent opportunity to get to know my colleagues outside of work.

On the night, hearing about all the amazing ways Action for Children supports children and families was eye-opening. It made me even more determined to help the charity raise as much money as possible. And I’m delighted to say that the Burendo team raised over £1000!

If you’re thinking about taking part in Boycott your Bed next year, I highly recommend it. It’s a tough challenge, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. You’ll be helping to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and you’ll make some unforgettable memories along the way.

We’d like to thank our incredible Burendoers: Naomi Westwood, Shaana Sandhu, Laura Hamer and Rebecca Shaw for taking part in Boycott your Bed 2023 for Action for Children. Right now, over four million children live in poverty across the UK. And with the impact of the cost of living crisis hitting home, they’re even more vulnerable. The £1,060 raised is enough to provide an immediate grant to support four families, providing children with beds, warm meals and mental health support.

If you’d like to donate to Action for Children and support our fantastic team who boycotted their beds, our JustGiving page is still open for those wanting to contribute here.