Walk 50k this May for Sands and help us save babies' lives and support bereaved families.

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Will you challenge yourself to walk 50 kilometres over the month of May?

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. Please step forward.   

Whether you run, walk, dance or climb, be part of the team taking on Walk 50k in May.

Sign up and start fundraising by joining the Facebook group:

Walk 50k in May for Sands

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👋 Welcome! Join us to walk 50k in May to support bereaved families and save babies' lives 🧡💙 👕 Get a free t-shirt & fundraising page in the 'Featured' section.


Digital tracker and FAQs - download a digital tracker to record your kilometres here with FAQ's on the back (there's one in your pack also!)

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 walk@sands.org.uk – but we’re quite busy to 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 Walk 50k in May group by joining the Facebook group.

Once you’re in the group, you can register for your t-shirt and 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 this registration form and create a fundraiser here.

We will send you a fundraising pack and t-shirt and you can get fundraising.

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 by clicking here. 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.

All those that raise £150 or more will receive a medal and certificate in the post once the challenge ends. All those that raise less thank £150 will receive a certificate by email.

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 if you’d like a sponsorship form, you can download one here.

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?

My t-shirt doesn't fit / I ordered a different size. Can you change it?

Of course. Please email shop@shop-sands.org.uk to let us know what size you received, and what size you need. We'll then send a new t-shirt with an envelope to return the other.

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

You should receive your pack within 10 working days of signing up. If you don't, please email shop@shop-sands.org.uk and we can look into this for you.

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

No problem! Simply ask them to fill out the registration form here and we will send them fundraising packs and t-shirts.

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

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

The Health app on iPhone or Google Fit app on Android both keep track of how many kilometres 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 kilometres too. 

Once you're done for the day, mark off your kilometres on your paper tracker, included in your pack.

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

It’s up to you! We think most people will walk the kilometres, 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!

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 kilometre helps.

Can I start late or early?

Of course! So long as your complete 50km in 31 days, it doesn’t matter if you start early, late or need to miss a day in May.

Someone I know 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: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823

  1. Select — I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook
  2. Select — I want a refund for my donation(s)
  3. Select — I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund.

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

You don’t need to prove you’ve completed the challenge – 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.

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 walk@sands.org.uk 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.

You can either add your cash donations as a self donation to your fundraiser or you can add them via the Sands website here - Protecting Futures: Saving Babies’ Lives | Sands - Saving babies' lives. Supporting bereaved families.

Please do not send cash in the post.

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 walk@sands.org.uk

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 100km challenge so that we can make sure it is added to your total.

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

When will my medal arrive?

Medals will be sent out in mid June but due to the number of people taking on the challenge, your medal might take a little longer to arrive. Please be patient with us as we send these out.

Can I use Strava?

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