Following the success of our ‘Bed for Every Child’ campaign over the last two years, we are relaunching the programme to ensure each child across the borough has a bed of their very own. Recent figures, according to End Child Poverty, revealed a shocking 20 percent of children in Bromley live in poverty. Sadly, we regularly hear from our referrers about families where children do not have a bed of their own – instead, they are sleeping on the floor, the sofa, or sharing a bed with another family member.
We believe every child is entitled to a bed of their own – a comfortable, functional bed with clean, warm bedding. Giving a child their own bed increases the chance of a better night’s sleep, which can in turn lead to improved concentration and performance at school. There are also benefits to a child’s health and wellbeing, and it is known that sleeping alone reduces the risk of sexual abuse. Not only this but it raises a child’s sense of self-esteem to have their very own belongings.
Giving a child a bed really is so important, but it costs nearly £300 to do so. It might sound like a lot for a bed, but for us ensuring the families we work with feel safe has to be our main priority. We provide a bed with in-built storage, so the child has somewhere to keep their belongings, and we also provide the mattress, duvet, pillows and bedding. In addition, we work with a firm with whom we have developed a trusted relationship with over the last two years who deliver and install the bed, as families often aren’t equipped with the tools to do so themselves.
Ways to Help
- Make a donation directly.
- Nominate BBB as your charity of the year at your child’s school.
- Support BBB as a business by naming us your charity of the year or publicising us to your employees.
- Run a fundraising event such as a coffee morning.
- Choose BBB as your selected charity on your next run or bike race.
Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other ways we can work together.
Any support you can offer would allow us to help as many children as we possibly can, giving young people a safe, secure place to dream.