This February can you Run 29 miles for Sands?

Various supporters out running in winter

Will you join us and commit to the challenge of running 29 miles in February? 

Sands want to ensure that everyone affected by the loss of a baby gets the support they need and deserve when facing the toughest of time.  We want to campaign for change and support research so that fewer babies die and so that fewer families experience the pain of losing a baby.

Whether you run, walk, dance or climb, be part of the team taking on #MilesForSands.

Sign up by joining the Facebook group:

Run 29 Miles in Fabruary

Private group · 9,120 members

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Welcome to the Run 29 Miles in February Challenge! Your support ensures we are here to save babies' lives and support bereaved families 💙🧡


Digital tracker - download a digital tracker to record your miles with FAQ's on the back (there is one in your pack also)

Badges - download badges to share your progress with friends and family.

Sponsorship form - download this form to collect cash donations. You can then pay these onto your Facebook fundraiser and send us a photo/scan of the form to allow us to claim Gift Aid.

You may have questions about the challenge. If you need to speak to a member of our team, you can email – but we’re quite busy so it may take us a couple of days to get back to you. In the meantime, you can read our FAQs below.


How do I sign up?

To sign up to the challenge, join the Run 29 Facebook group.

Once you’re in the group, you can register for your t-shirt and orange and blue laces, set up your fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge! 

I don’t have Facebook but want to take part. How do I do this?

No problem! Simply fill out the registration form.

We will send you a fundraising pack including t-shirt and orange and blue laces and miles tracker.  You can set up an online fundraiser on Justgiving.

I’ve just signed up, now what?

Firstly, join the Facebook Group we set up for this challenge. Once you’re in the group, you can register for your free t-shirt and laces, set up your fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge! And you can get ready for the challenge by downloading the digital tracker and milestone badges

Is there an entry fee?

There is no entry fee for this challenge but we do however ask you to fundraise as part of your challenge. Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up in a few seconds. And then it’s really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends.

Is there a fundraising target?

We have no minimum or maximum amount that we would like you to raise. From our point of view, no matter how much money you raise, it will go towards supporting bereaved families across the UK.

How do I raise money?

Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up in a few seconds. And then it's really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends. 

What is a Facebook Fundraiser?

Facebook Fundraiser is an easy way to collect sponsorship for your challenge. It is simple to set up and very easy for friends and family to donate to it without having to leave Facebook.

Set up your Facebook fundraiser.

Can I just raise money offline with a sponsorship form?

Absolutely. You can collect sponsorship in any way you like. We simply recommend Facebook Fundraisers for this challenge as they’re easy and hassle-free, but you can download a sponsorship form, if you prefer.

Can I raise money on another online platform like Justgiving?

Yes, if you would like. Facebook sends the money directly to us, but if you would like to set up a fundraising page on another online platform, we recommend Justgiving. 

How do I get my free t-shirt?

We'll send you a Sands t-shirt after you put your address in our registration form and after you have filled in the form, your Facebook fundraiser page will be automatically set up.  

When will I get my fundraising pack and t-shirt?

You should receive your pack within 10 working days of signing up. If you have signed up between 26th December - 4th January it will take a bit longer due the Christmas period. You will have yours in time for the beginning of the challenge, and if you haven't get yours by the 1st February, please email and we can look into this for you.

What is in my fundraising pack?

A welcome letter, free t-shirt and a pair of orange and blue laces to wear as you take on your runs. And a miles paper tracker to help you record your miles throughout your challenge. 

My family want to do the challenge with me. Can they have t-shirt?

No problem! Simply ask them to fill out the registration form and we will send them a pack. 

If they're not fundraising, you can buy additional t-shirts.

How do I keep track of how many miles I've done?

The Health app on iPhone or Google Fit app on Android both keep track of how many miles you do each day. There’s other apps available so do pick whichever works best for you.  

If you have a pedometer, sports watch, Apple Watch or FitBit, these can usually keep track of your miles too. 

Once you're done for the day, mark off your miles on your paper tracker, which you can download.

Do I have to walk my miles, or can I jog, run, climb or dance?

It’s up to you! We think most people will run the miles, but if you want to complete them a different way, then go for it! Just be sure to post your progress and updates on your Facebook Fundraising page so friends and family can cheer you on and we can see how you’re doing too! 

Do check out our Run 29 milestone badges here and do share these on your fundraiser,

What if I don't complete the challenge?

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. Do as much as you can. Every mile helps. 

What about my friends who aren't on Facebook? Can they donate?

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to donate to a Facebook fundraiser if you don’t have an account. We suggest asking them to transfer you the money, and you pay it into your Facebook fundraiser yourself. You could also donate via our website: and adding the challenge name ‘Run 29' and the name of the person you are sponsoring. Please also email to let us know about this donation. 

My friends donation isn't showing up on my Facebook Fundraiser?

Most donations appear instantly. But sometimes it takes up to 48 hours if they donated via PayPal or if they have slow broadband. But let us know if it still isn't showing in 48 hours and we'll see what we can do. 

How do I pay in my fundraising?

If you’ve collected offline fundraising, the easiest way to pay this to Sands if by donating it to your Facebook fundraiser. 

If you don't have one, you can also donate on our website. Make sure to say that your money is for your Run 29 so that we can make sure it is added to your total. 

Make sure you email your sponsorship form to after donating so we can claim valuable gift aid. 

If you’re not able to donate this way, then drop us an email to and we can discuss other ways of getting the donation to us. 

Can I fundraise as part of a group with my friends and family?

Yes you can! You can do a joint Facebook Fundraiser page with your friends and family. The best way to do this is to nominate one person to create the Facebook Fundraiser on their own Facebook account. Then click edit organisers on the fundraiser and then you can add your team members. They will then be able to adjust and edit the fundraising page and add comments. Please email to let us know that you are fundraising as part of a team.  

Tip: Edit the ‘Title’ and ‘About’ section on your page to add your team's name and all your team member names.   

How do I send you my sponsorship form?

If you’ve collected cash donations and have a completed sponsorship form, do scan and email this to us at so we claim any gift aid. If you’re not able to scan or send us a clear photograph, drop us an email anyway and we can let you know where to send your form via post. Don’t worry about filling in the serial number, we will fill that in for you.  

Someone/I accidentally donated to my Facebook fundraiser. Can you issue them a refund?

Unfortunately we can’t issue refunds - Facebook must do this. People can request a refund themselves from Facebook by following the below steps: 

Send them this link:

Select — I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook 

Select — I want a refund for my donation(s) 

Select — I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund. 

How do I stay safe in the Facebook group?

Whilst this group is Private, anyone on Facebook can join and view the content. Please take care not to share personal information, including maps sharing your location, and avoid meeting up with or messaging others outside of this group, without taking appropriate precautions. 

Do I have to prove I’ve completed the challenge?

You don’t need to prove you’ve completed the miles – we trust you! You can post videos, pictures and updates on your Facebook Fundraiser and in the group though, so we can see and congratulate you on your progress. Sharing updates is also a great way to show those who have sponsored you that you’re committed to completing the challenge. Don't forget to share the milestone badges when you have achieved the goal. 

Will I get a medal?

Everyone who raises over £150 will get a medal and certificate after the challenge ends. You don't need to do anything to get this. If we need any extra details from you, we'll be in touch.

If you move house, please let us know by emailing

Can I use Strava?

Yes of course!

Yes of course and you can 

The link to the Run 29 Strava site.

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