Cycle 100 Miles in June

Challenge yourself by Cycling 100 Miles in June for Dementia UK. Do something amazing for families facing dementia this summer, whilst getting fit and having fun with thousands of other likeminded people.

What do you need to do?

  1. Join our Cycle 100 Miles in June Facebook Group here
  2. Set up your Facebook fundraiser and spread the word on your amazing challenge
  3. Request your FREE Dementia UK t-shirt (you can do this on the Facebook Group)

It’s as simple as that! Join our community group of virtual fundraisers today and support each other throughout the challenge whilst sporting our fabulous Dementia UK t-shirts! You can post updates on your progress and ask fellow participants for advice – we’re all in this together. Once you’ve completed your challenge, we’ll send you a virtual medal and certificate as a thank you for all your hard work.

Every mile you cycle and every pound you raise will help to ensure that Dementia UK can be there for families and carers in their time of need.

We can’t wait to welcome you onto #TeamDementiaUK, let’s #DoItForDementiaNurses and #Cycle100Miles this June!

FAQs for participants

Q. I just signed up, now what?

A. If you haven’t already, then make sure to join the Cycle 100 Miles in June Facebook group that we set up for this challenge. Click ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt, set up your Facebook fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge!

Q. How do I raise money?

A. Facebook fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. Once you’re logged into Facebook, you can set one up in a few seconds by following this link. It’s easy to share the page with your Facebook friends via Facebook posts, inviting them to your page, sharing the link or even using a QR code on a poster or on your phone.

Q. Where do donations to my Facebook fundraiser go?

A. Directly to Dementia UK. The donations made in your Facebook fundraiser, will be sent directly to us by Facebook. All donations will be used to help fund our Admiral Nurse services.

Q. What if I set up two fundraisers by mistake?

A. You can check and edit this by logging into Facebook using this link which will show any active fundraisers you currently have open; you can then edit the fundraiser you want to close by changing the end date. This will focus your fundraising onto one page. Don’t worry if the page you want to close has donations on it already, all your donations on both pages will still come to Dementia UK and support our Admiral Nurses who help families facing dementia.

Q. What happens if donations don’t appear on my fundraiser straight away?

A. We have found that normally when donations don’t appear on your fundraiser page, they will do within 48 hours. However, if your donation hasn’t appeared after this time there are a few different possibilities.

  • Donations from other countries can take a lot longer to come through to Facebook and then to Dementia UK, this can be as much as several weeks
  • The donation didn’t go through. Please ask your donor to check if the money has left their account
  • PayPal takes up to three days to register onto your Facebook fundraiser
  • Your sponsor didn’t donate to your fundraising page, but instead clicked the ‘donate now’ button which links to Dementia UK directly. It is an easy mistake to make but means the money will not show up on your Facebook fundraiser but will be sent directly to us as a donation. Ask your sponsor to check the receipt they were emailed directly from Facebook, this will say whether they donated to your Facebook fundraiser, or straight to Dementia UK

If the problem persists then please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org with the full name, email address and donation amount of each of your missing sponsors and we can do some extra investigation our end.

Q. How can I send in sponsorship money I’ve collected offline? 

A. The easiest way to get cash donations to Dementia UK is by donating to yourself through your Facebook fundraiser, or you can use this donation page for our Cycle 100 Miles in June challenge.

Please send cheques with a note including your full name, your email address that you used to register for a t-shirt and an explanation that you raised the money for the Cycle 100 Miles in June challenge to Dementia UK at the following address: Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London, EC3N 1RE.

If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, then please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org for the appropriate details. Alternatively, you can make a payment over the phone by calling 020 8036 5440.

Q. If I don’t use Facebook can I still take part?

A. Absolutely, we will send you out a sponsorship form with your t-shirt, but if you need more than one then you can simply download and print our sponsorship form here. Please don’t forget to ask your sponsors to fill out all the columns so we can claim up to 25% gift aid. If you cannot print, email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we will send you a sponsorship form in the post. Friends and family not on Facebook can donate this way too.

Q. How do I get my free t-shirt?

A. We’ll send you a t-shirt, sponsorship form and miles tracker when you fill out this registration form. We’ll be sending out your packs the week beginning 10th May, and they are likely to take up to three weeks to arrive. If it has been more than three weeks since you registered for a t-shirt then please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we will investigate further.

Q. Can I get free t-shirts for my family? 

A. Unfortunately we have a limited stock of Dementia UK t-shirts which means we can only send them out to registered participants.

Q. Where and how can I complete my miles?

A. You can complete your miles wherever you like, however you like! So long as you can record them, we really don’t mind how you decide to take on this challenge. You could go for a daily cycle in your area, cycle at the gym or on a static bike at home, take on longer cycling adventures at the weekend or do a mix of them all – whatever works best for you. The only requirement is that you must follow government guidelines on social distancing. Whenever you complete a cycle ride, remember to record it on your Dementia UK miles tracker, and of course post updates on the Cycle 100 Miles in June Facebook group so we can cheer you on and congratulate you on your progress!

Q. How do I keep track of how many miles I have cycled? 

A. Strava is a free app that is easy to use to track your miles throughout June, and when you sign up for your free t-shirt you will get a miles tracker to record the distance of every ride you complete. Don’t forget to post this on the Facebook group as we would love to see how you are getting on!

Q. What if I don’t complete the challenge? 

A.The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself and enjoy helping raise awareness and funds for our Admiral Nurses. Do as much as you can. Update your sponsors regularly, be clear about how far you’ve come in your challenge and make sure they are still happy for their donations to go to Dementia UK. Every time you are active and post about your challenge, you will help Dementia UK support more families facing dementia.

Q. Can I start early or late?

A. Of course! June is when our Facebook group is active and the majority of people are likely to take part, however we recommend doing this at a time convenient for you. The more challenge participants we have, the more we can help families facing dementia.

Q. Can I do more or less than 100 miles?

A. Absolutely, this is your challenge, and you can tailor it to suit you! Just be clear with your supporters how far you are intending to go and keep them regularly updated with your progress.

Q. If I get injured, what do I do? 

A. Injuries are unfortunately always a possibility in any challenge. It is very important that you seek professional medical advice if you are in pain or have a crash on your bike. Please see a doctor or call 111 if you are unsure about what to do. When you can and if appropriate, update your supporters. They should understand why you may not be able to finish, and it’s always good to check that they are still happy for their donations to go to Dementia UK. Please always wear bright clothing (a hi vis is even better) and a helmet when riding your bike.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with the team by emailing virtualevents@dementiauk.org.