Give a tent for lent

We invite you and your congregation to help us provide shelter for a family in need

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What is it?


Give a Tent for Lent is a fundraising campaign that invites churches and their congregations to get together and raise money for ShelterBox, during Lent.

Get your church to take part in the challenge and raise £385 or more over Lent. This amount is equivalent to the cost of a ShelterBox tent and to help provide the space for a family to call home.

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How to get involved


We invite you and your congregation to help us provide shelter for a family in need.

The support we have received from Christian groups over the past twenty years has contributed to our ability to help over a million people in desperate need, to recover from disaster.

2019 was our founding year for Give a Tent for Lent which had a focus on the South West. We saw 34 churches and one business take part and we raised £16,900 – the equivalent to 53 tents.

In 2019 your support meant we could reach more families caught up in disaster. In 2020 we’re hoping that you will help this campaign grow even more.

For 2020, we are inviting churches from across the British Isles to take part and raise £385 or more over Lent. This amount is equivalent to the cost of a ShelterBox tent and will help us to provide the space for a family to call home. So, between Wednesday 26 February – Thursday 9 April 2020 we are asking you and your congregation to:

  • Hold Lent lunches
  • Collections
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Jumble sales, cake sales and Tombola’s
  • Inspire us with your ideas

Every penny you raise will help us to provide tents and other aid items, such as solar lights, water filtration, blankets, pots and pans.

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Kate Bottley for Give a Tent for Lent


This Lent, get together with your community and your church and give a Tent for Lent.

Join Reverend Kate Bottley to raise the money of a ShelterBox tent.

Every penny will help us to provide the space for a family to call home after disaster strikes.

Watch this video to hear from Reverend Kate Bottley.

How your support makes a difference

Lent 2019 began on the 6th March; by the 14th Cyclone Idai had made landfall causing devastating floods. 125,000 people lost their homes, parents and children were separated. We worked with our partners Habitat for Humanity Malawi to provide emergency shelter for families affected.

Shelter is more than the aid items distributed it is a process of recovery.

Meet Stephano and Mary, their family, and community members who are now on the road to recovery.

More about the tent


When families can’t start rebuilding their homes immediately, we supply large, sturdy tents that can withstand extreme weather conditions and temperatures.  

Like us, our range of aid is adaptable. We don’t just supply one type of tent, but a variety.

From specially lined tents that can safely accommodate a stove, to medium-sized tents that fit in small spaces and ones that can last years if needed, we’ve got it covered.

Explore our tents

A man is building a permanent shelter in Dominica, next to his temporary ShelterBox tent.

“ALTHOUGH IT’S A SMALL TENT, IT’S LIKE A PALACE FOR ME.”

- Asala, aged 14, from Syria

Who we are


ShelterBox is a disaster relief charity providing shelter to families who have lost their homes to conflict or natural disaster.  

While we’re not a religious organisation, faith groups have always played a vital and valued role in raising support and awareness of our work in the community.

We are made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. No ifs. No buts.

Our boxes and kits are packed full of the essential supplies that families need to rebuild homes and transform their lives.

More about us