100 Miles in May

Can you Walk 100 miles this May?

Now the longer days are here, why not get out your walking shoes and make the most of them by walking 100 miles between 1st and 31st of May 2021.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to do it all in one go! 100 miles works out at just 3 miles a day across the month. Alternatively, you might like to take a day or two off each week and enjoy a longer walk at the weekend.

However you choose to take part, we hope you’ll enjoy keeping fit and healthy while raising funds for your local life-saving charity.

Everybody who registers will receive a free t-shirt and mile tracker form to record their progress. Those who raise over £150 will also receive a medal to mark their achievement.

It costs £9 million every year to run our service, and with limited funding from the government we rely on the generosity and support of the local community to remain operational and saving lives. Every step you take and pound you raise through this challenge will help us to continue to bring the hospital to the patient.

To register your interest for this event, please click below.

Walk 100 Miles in May »

If you don’t use Facebook to click the button below sign up to JustGiving and start raising funds for 100 Miles in May.

Start your JustGiving page »

You can also download your Mile Tracker Form using the button below.

Mile Tracker Form »

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

You may have questions about the challenge. If you need to speak to a member of our team, you can email [email protected] – we will try to get back to you within 48hrs. In the meantime, you can read our FAQs below.

How do I sign up?

To sign up to the challenge, 100 Miles in May group by clicking here.

Once you’re in the group, you can sign up for your t-shirt here, 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?

We will send you a fundraising pack and t-shirt and you can set up an online fundraiser with Just Giving.

Is there an entry fee?

There is no entry fee for this challenge. We do however ask you to fundraise for the challenge, anyone who raises a minimum of £150 will receive a medal. 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 ask that you you raise a minimum of £150 and if you do this we will send you a medal to celebrate. We are grateful for all money you are able to raise. The £150 you raise could pay for fuel for one of our helicopters for a whole hour. You can learn more about EHAAT and our work here.

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 set up your fundraiser 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. It is very similar to other online fundraising pages you may have come across such as Just Giving.

Set up your Facebook fundraiser by clicking here.

Make sure you’ve selected Essex & Herts Air Ambulance as your charity and don’t forget to add 100 Miles in May 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 31st May 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 – 31st May 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 Essex & Herts Air Ambulance – and we’ll know that your fundraising is split between the two.

Can I raise money on another online platform like Just giving?

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 Just Giving. Just be sure to let us know this is what you’re doing by emailing [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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. Please note there may be a delay as we are a small team.

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 your 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 [email protected] and we’ll follow up for you.

What is in my fundraising pack?

An Essex & Herts Air Ambulance t-shirt (this could be red or yellow, please note this cannot be exchanged for another colour) and a mile tracker calendar.

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 those fundraising packs and t-shirts.

If they’re not fundraising and just taking on the challenge with you, we ask that you email [email protected].

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

This is a self-reported challenge. There are so many different options for tracking your miles! You could go digital and use Strava, RunKeeper and MapMyRun. Other options include using your smart phone or watch (most will track your steps for you) or pre planning your walks to note the distance. We have created a tracker to help you to keep count of your miles, it will be included in your registration pack.

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 mile you do and penny you raise.

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 you’re complete 100 miles in 30 days, it doesn’t matter if you start early, late or need to miss a day in May.

Where will my friends' money go?

Directly to us at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. 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 from Facebook by following the below steps:

Send them this link: 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 Essex & Herts Air Ambulance by donating on our website. You can do this here.

Make sure to say that your money is for your 100 Miles in May 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 [email protected]  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 [email protected] 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… yes, you will receive a medal if your minimum £150 fundraising target is met!

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