Leeds teacher fighting child bed poverty publishes first book

Zarach founder Bex Wilson celebrates her first published children’s book, Zed Ted.

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Crusade teacher combats “bed poverty” for families in Leeds

Zarach’s is an organization whose job it is to provide beds so children can “eat, sleep, study” and was officially founded in 2018 by Bex and Nursery on Lincoln Road, teaching an English class and noticing a young boy who was distracted and tired worked just for the child to reveal that he, in fact, had no bed.

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Originally written for a school meeting in 2018, all proceeds from Bex’s Zed Ted will go back to her charity, Zarach.

Zed Ted was a story first written by Bex for a school assembly in 2018. It was written for 5-11 year olds and marked the start of a sleep competition that teaches the importance of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Zed Ted story continues to be used for montages, but is now also being sold at Zarach events and at most major online booksellers to raise funds for bed packages.

A new bed can make all the difference and that’s why Zarach is there so that tired children can sleep safely and have better learning opportunities at school.

The poverty crisis (escape from domestic violence, dismissal, bereavement, etc.) can lead to a loss of routine.

To support the process of re-establishing a healthy bedtime, Zarach is giving away sheets, pajamas and a hand-knitted Zed Ted.

The charity states that “Zed Ted’s superpower is sleep and it will help you feel safe in your new bed.”

“As a teacher, I see every day how much easier school is when you can read well. Reading is like any other skill; the more you do it, the better you get. A good picture book is often part of bedtime. “Their own. For every book you buy, we can add a Story of Zed Ted to our Zarach bed packages.”

The book was published by Yorkshire Independent Publisher, Poems & Pictures Publishing, with Zarach receiving all of the proceeds.

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