Our Dream

At Stand by Me, our hope is for every child in our care to get an excellent education and pursue their dreams. With the support of loving sponsors, our kids are getting a quality education at school, but we know that having a good day of learning starts before arriving at school, it begins from the moment they wake up. Unfortunately many of our children’s families cannot provide them with everything they need and we never want any child to have to go to school with an empty belly or a tattered uniform and so this year, through February on the Floor, we want to ensure our kids are given the best start to their day. Sign up to sleep on the floor for a week of your choice, receive your personalised fundraising page and fundraising guide and get sponsored!

The Challenge

This February we are challenging you to sleep on the floor for a week of your choice. Everyone’s challenge will be different and you can decide how difficult you want to make it. Will you sleep on the floor for a week, all the weekends in February or one big Friday night as a group or class? Will you sleep on carpet, under a blanket or in a sleeping bag? You can choose how challenging you want to make it once you sign up. Every £127 raised from being sponsored can give a child the best start to their day for a whole year, providing uniforms, school resources and breakfast so that they can start their school day well! 

Who can do it?

The challenge is open to any age and any fitness and you can do it as an individual, a family or as part of a group whether from your school, church or company. You simply have to be prepared to have a week of uncomfortable sleep in order that a Stand by Me child can wake up and start their day with the energy and resources they need to learn. To confirm this challenge is right for you, there is advice in our challenge guide which you will receive once you have signed up!

What do I need to do?

Signing up is very simple to do and we are here to support you through every step of your challenge.

  • Pick a week in February to sleep on the floor and sign up to the challenge. We'll send you a challenge guide and set up your personal online fundraising page.
  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.
  • Make sure you tell as many people as possible about your challenge before, during and after, whether on social media, by email or face to face. We'll even provide example social media posts to help you.

When you've completed your challenge we'll send you a photo of the child and family who has benefited thanks to you taking on the challenge!

£127 gives a child the best start to their day

To help encourage people to sponsor you, they will be able to see on your fundraising page how you can directly give a child the best start to their day:

£5 can provide underwear

£10 can provide a school bag

£16 can provide books and stationery

£30 can provide two new uniforms

£66 can provide breakfast for a year

For every £127 you raise, you will give a child new underwear and uniforms to give them dignity and walk tall, equip them with a new school bag and school resources so they are prepared to learn and provide daily breakfast to ensure they have the energy to concentrate at school.

You can help a child like Faith pursue their dreams!

Last year, through February on the Floor, Faith received the gift of a new bed! But for Faith to achieve her dreams, it requires so much more than a good night's sleep.

Each morning when Faith wakes up she gets dressed in a smart uniform. She packs her school bag with pens, pencils and her books. Feeling proud of her appearance, she excitedly heads off on a one hour walk to our school. 

When she arrives at school she receives a healthy breakfast. She is now prepared for her lessons where she studies hard alongside her friends. 

This year we want to ensure that no Stand by Me child starts school with an empty belly or a tattered uniform. Together, you can ensure many more children will be able to get the best start to their day and pursue their dreams like Faith.

Watch the film to see Faith's story!

Get in touch with Stand by Me

If you have questions, we're available on chat or you can call us on 01708 442271.

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