Commit to walking 3k a day in June

Join our team of walkers taking on 90k between June 1st and June 30th and show your support for families who've lost their baby.

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

However you reach your 90 kilometers target, every step you take will help ensure no one faces the loss of a baby alone. Together we can continue to do all that we can to stop families from experiencing this devastating tragedy.

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Walk 90k in June
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Welcome to Sands Walk 90k in June Challenge 2022! In this group, find out how to set up a fundraiser, where to register for your free t-shirt, and inspiration to keep you going for the whole of June.

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Resources:

Download these resources to help you on your way:

Tracker

Sponsorship form

Badges

Poster (coming soon)


FAQs:

You may have questions about the challenge. If you need to speak to a member of our team, you can email steps@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 Facebook group by clicking 'Join group' above. 

Once you’re in the group, you can register for your t-shirt, 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 here. 

We will send you a tracker and a t-shirt and you can set up an online fundraiser on JustGiving. And you can download a copy of the sponsorship form here.

Is there an entry fee? 

There is no entry fee for this challenge. 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 here. And then it’s really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends. 

Why have some people started already the challenge? 

Some people are training for the challenge now and sharing their kilometres with the group, but most people are starting the challenge on the 1st June! 

Can I take part in the challenge if I am based overseas? 

Yes, you can! You can sign up to challenge and join the Facebook group by clicking ‘Join group’ above. We can send a digital pack to your email - please email steps@sands.org.uk to request one. Due to postage costs, we are unable to send you a t-shirt pack in the post.  You can download the print the tracker here.

Where and when is this challenge?

This is a virtual walking challenge for everyone and starts on 1st June.  You can do this in your local area, park, gym. You can do this together with your friends and family. Please adhere to any government guidelines for social distancing and restrictions at the time.  

Can I raise money on another online platform like JustGiving?

Yes, if you would like. Facebook sends the money directly to us and doesn’t charge you or us any fees, but if you would like to set up a fundraising page on another online platform, we recommend JustGiving. If you use a different online platform other than JustGiving or Facebook, please email steps@sands.org.uk with your fundraising page link.  

How do I get my free t-shirt? 

We'll send you a t-shirt  after you put your address and t-shirt size in the online registration form here. 

What are the t-shirt sizes: 

  •       Extra Small (32 inch chest) 
  •       Small (34 inch chest) 
  •       Medium (35-37 inch chest) 
  •       Large (38-40 inch chest) 
  •       Extra Large (44-46 inch chest) 
  •       2X Extra Large (47-49 inch chest) 
  •       3X Extra Large (50-52 inch chest) 
  •       4X Extra Large (53-55 inch chest) 

When will my T-shirt arrive? 

T-shirts will be posted in Mid-May so you will have your t-shirts in time for the start of the challenge for the 1st June!

I still haven't got my t-shirt yet, where is it? 

Sorry you haven't received your t-shirt yet. You can email your details to shop@shop-sands.org.uk and we'll check this. Or, if you're not 100% sure you have given us your full address, you can provide it here.

My t-shirt doesn’t fit/I ordered the wrong 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. 

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 a tracker and a t-shirt. 

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

How do we track our walking? 

Some good free apps are Strava, MapMyWalk and RunKeeper. But the most important thing is that you post updates on your Facebook Fundraiser so your friends and family see how hard you're pushing yourself! Share these amazing milestone badges and you can also download the tracker so you can keep a record. 

Can I do a shorter/longer/earlier/later challenge? 

Yes! Every walk you do will help Sands. So do this challenge in whatever way works best for you. Every step is very much appreciated! 

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. Sharing updates and your milestone badges is also a great way to show those who have sponsored you that you’re committed to completing the challenge. 

Do I need any equipment? 

No, It is a good idea to make sure you have suitable clothing and shoes.  

How many kilometers per a day? 

The challenge is to walk 90 kilometers during the month of June, therefore you can aim for 3K each day. You can do more some days if you want so you can add in rest days.  

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 make a difference to bereaved families across the UK, and for that we are so grateful.  We suggest setting yourself a target as it can be helpful to have something to aim for. 

How do I raise money? 

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

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 paying it to your Facebook fundraiser yourself. You could also donate via our website: www.sands.org.uk/donate and adding the challenge name ‘Walk 90K in June' and the name of the person you are sponsoring. Please also email steps@sands.org.uk to let us know about this donation.  

My friends donation isn't showing up on my FB 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. 

I can't find my Facebook Fundraiser, can you tell me where it is? 

No problem! If you go to your own Facebook Profile Page and scroll down you'll find it there. Or you can click on this link to manage "Your active Fundraisers" - https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/manage 

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. 

Where will my friends' money go? 

Directly to us at Sands. You don't have to worry about this. It happens automatically through Facebook. 

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. You can do this here. Make sure to say that your money is for your Walk 90K in June  so that we can make sure it is added to your total. 

Make sure you email your sponsorship form to steps@sands.org.uk after donating so we can claim valuable gift aid. 

If you’re not able to donate this way, then drop us an email to steps@sands.org.uk 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 steps@sands.org.uk 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 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 steps@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. 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: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823 

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. 

I’ve created multiple fundraising pages - can I combine them? 

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to merge fundraising pages. What we suggest is to focus on sharing an updating one of the pages and set the end date to the other page for the next day. Both of your online pages will be included in your final total.  

Why has my Facebook Fundraiser closed early? 

If your Facebook Fundraiser has automatically closed, we are unable to reopen it and therefore please set up a new fundraiser page here. Both of your online pages will be included in your final total and we are unable to link the two pages together.  

What if I don’t complete the challenge? 

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. If you need to change the target, that’s okay. Do as much as you can. Every kilometer helps. 

What if I get an injury?  

We advise you take every precaution to keep fit and healthy and not undertake any activity that you don't feel comfortable with or that might cause you to hurt yourself. If in doubt, please check with your GP. If you do get injured during the challenge, we encourage you to postpone completing it until you get fit and healthy again - we'll still be here to support you whenever that might be. 

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. 

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