Den Day

Build dens. Raise money.

It’s easy – build dens together at school or take part at home, on a date that suits you, and raise money to change children’s lives. The money your den-builders raise will help make sure more children around the world have a safe place to sleep and play.

Take part at school

Build dens together at school on a date that suits you and raise money to change children’s lives.

Pupils will have fun, get creative and learn about the importance of shelter for children across the world as they build their own.

You can download everything you need to take part including a guide with den-building ideas and fundraising tips, posters, bunting and flag templates to decorate your dens and lesson plans to link Den Day in to the curriculum.

Raise money however you like for Den Day – ask pupils to get sponsored for their den-building or get everyone to bring in a donation on the day. There are lots of fundraising ideas in your teacher’s guide.


Children from Stewart Fleming primary school take part in Save the Children's Den Day.

Take part at home

Build a den with your children for Den Day and help them get sponsored to sleep the night in it.

Den Day is a great way for them to get creative and spend time with the family. And best of all, the money they raise will help children growing up in some of the toughest places in the world.

Simply pick a date to take part and download your free fundraising kit with everything you need, including:

  • Fundraising tips to help your den-builders get sponsored
  • Den ideas to transform everyday items like blankets, chairs and cardboard boxes into a magical hideout
  • Great educational activities that will help your children understand more about some of the challenges other children face and how their fundraising can help.


Children take part in Den Day for Save the Children.

How you'll help

Watch this film to discover how we helped children and their families after two earthquakes hit Nepal in 2015.

Spread the word


It’s simple – build dens together out of everyday materials with your children, and raise money to change children’s lives!

Take part in Den Day on a date to suit you, either as a school, with your youth group or at home with family and friends.

In 2017, 5,000 schools joined Den Day – pupils will have fun, get creative and learn about the importance of shelter for children across the world as they build their own.

They’ll also raise money to give more children the things they need to grow up healthy and happy, like a safe place to shelter.

You can take part at home, too! Ask friends and family to sponsor you to build and sleep the night in your den.

We are no longer sending out fundraising kits by post. But you can still download everything you need to have a fun-filled day of den building and fundraising either at school or at home, including tips on how to build dens and raise money, posters, den decoration templates and more.

If you’re taking part at school, you will also find special teaching resources to make it easy to connect Den Day with the curriculum – teaching your pupils about the reality many children around the world face and featuring incredible stories to show how the money they’re raising could help.








Raise money however you like – get everyone to ask for sponsorship for their den-building or to make a donation for taking part – there are lots of ideas in the fundraising kit. Why not hold a bake sale inside your den to raise extra funds? Or invite friends or family around to tour your shelter creations in exchange for a donation.

Set up an online fundraising page at to easily collect donations or sponsorship online.

However you do it, the money you raise on Den Day will make a big difference to children around the world.

You don’t require any special resources or equipment: everything you need should be sitting around the school just waiting to be transformed. Cardboard boxes, tarpaulin, climbing frames and desks are all ideal den-building materials. You could also ask parents or local businesses to donate things like boxes, sheets, clothes pegs or cushions.

The fundraising kit makes planning the day simple, with plenty of shelter ideas and tips to raise lots of money.

Yes, you can set up an online fundraising page with JustGiving.

  • Online: Pay in your fundraising through our secure online form
  • By cheque: Send a cheque made payable to ‘Save the Children’ to

Den Day
Save the Children
St John’s Lane

If you’re being sponsored to take part in Den Day we can claim 25% extra on donations made by UK taxpayers. Your sponsors just need to tick the Gift Aid box and provide their address details. If you’re using the sponsorship form please return it to us so we can claim the Gift Aid.

The money you raise will help us to make life better for vulnerable children all over the world. It will help us save children’s lives, and make sure they get the things they need to grow up healthy and happy, like a safe place to shelter. 

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