This March, can you jog 50 miles? 

Get moving this March! Jog 50 miles between March 1st and March 31st and show your support for families who've lost a baby.

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 times.  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 jog, walk or run to reach your 50 miles target, every step you take will help ensure no one faces the loss of a baby alone. Together we can continue do all that we can to stop families from experiencing this devastating tragedy. 

 

Sign up by joining the Facebook group below:

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“I know jogging 50 miles isn’t easy, but it is achievable. Especially when you know your miles are supporting a family who have lost a baby. And you’ve got support from thousands of others in a Facebook Group, all wearing their Sands t-shirts for solidarity. It’s amazing how much easier it is to get out on the roads when you know you’re not the only one doing it. ”

Leeann Wilmer, Community Engagement Manager

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Join our Strava club

Be inspired and cheer on the progress of others by joining our club on Strava. Click here to join.

Resources:

Download these resources to help you on your way:

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FAQs:

You may have questions about the challenge. If you need to speak to a member of our team, you can email miles@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 Jog 50 Miles in March 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 fundraising pack and t-shirt and 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. Click '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! 

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.

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 here. And then it's really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends. 

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, then you can download one here.

What is a Facebook Fundraiser?

As well as fundraising offline, you can now hold a fundraiser on Facebook.  It’s 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 by clicking here.

Make sure you’ve selected Sands as your charity and don’t forget to add 50 Miles in March to your Fundraising page title so we can easily find you!

How do I edit the date of my Facebook Fundraiser?

Facebook Fundraising pages are automatically set to run for just 14 days. After that, they will close and you won’t be able to collect any more donations.

You need to manually change the date to 10thApril 2021.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to your fundraising page
  2. Click “Edit” under the main image and headline
  3. Scroll down to the box that says “Set the End Date”
  4. Select the date – 10th  April 2021.
  5. Then click Save in the top right.

My fundraiser ended before I finished the challenge. Can you re-start it?

It's really important that you edit the end date of your fundraiser before it finishes, because once it does, there's no way to re-start it. Facebook Fundraisers are automatically set to run for just 14 days by Facebook. Unless you edit the end date, your fundraiser will automatically end, regardless of where you are in your challenge! However, if this does happen, you can still set up a new fundraiser to raise money for Sands - and we'll know that your fundraising is split between the two.

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. Just be sure to let us know this is what you’re doing by emailing miles@sands.org.uk

How do I get my free t-shirt?

We'll send you a t-shirt and fundraising pack after you put your address and t-shirt size in here.

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?

We will dispatch all fundraising packs and t-shirts weekly. You should expect to see you fundraising pack and t-shirt within 10 working days of registering.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, there may be some delay in the receipt of your pack. If you haven’t received you pack within 10 days, please contact us at shop@shop-sands.org.uk and we’ll follow up for you.

What is in my fundraising pack?

A Sands t-shirt and a calendar for you to mark off your miles.

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

That's brilliant! If they're fundraising too, 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 as just taking on the challenge with you, we ask that you purchase t-shirts from the Sands shop here.

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

Strava, RunKeeper and MapMyRun are all great apps for keeping track of your challenge. Once you’re home, use the tracker in your pack to record how many you did. 

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

 It’s up to you! If you want to complete your miles 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! 

Does a football game count? Can I do my miles on a treadmill?

There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you're doing something that challenges you. This will vary from person to person, so tailor the challenge however you like. It should be tough, but doable. You should feel satisfied when you finish it! And we appreciate every single miles you do to help save babies’ lives. 

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. 

Can I start late or early?

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

Where will my friends' money go?

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

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 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.

How do I pay in my fundraising?

If you’ve collected offline fundraising, the easiest way to pay this to Sands if by donating on our website. You can do this here.

Make sure to say that your money is for your 50 Miles in March 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 miles@sands.org.uk and we can discuss other ways of getting the donation to us.

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 miles@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.

Will I get a medal?

We'll be certain to celebrate your achievements at the end of the challenge... watch this space for more information on how later in the month!

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