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Jog 50 Miles in November

Join our virtual Facebook fundraiser and Jog 50 Miles in November for Dementia UK

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What do you need to do?

  1. Join our Jog 50 Miles in November 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 of virtual fundraisers today and support each other throughout the challenge while sporting our fabulous Dementia UK t-shirts that are completely FREE! Post updates on your challenge and ask fellow participants for advice, we are all in this together. Once you’ve completed your challenge, we will send you a virtual medal and certificate as a thank you for all your hard work.

Want to adjust the mileage? No problem! Just add the mileage you will be completing to your Facebook fundraiser title so all your supporters know what your challenge will be this November.

Every step you take and every pound you raise will help to ensure that no one will have to face dementia alone.

We can’t wait to welcome you onto #TeamDementiaUK!

Got a question about the Jog 50 Miles in November challenge? Take a look at our FAQs.

Are you taking part in the Jog 50 Miles in November Facebook challenge and have some cash to pay in? You can do so below.

My mum and I took part in the Jog 50 Miles in November challenge together in memory of my grandad. He was a huge part of our lives and to watch him suffer with dementia was truly heartbreaking. Dementia UK helped my nan get support and have someone to talk to and for that I am incredibly grateful.

I really wanted to do something to say thank you, raise awareness and help others get the same support.

I actually really enjoyed the challenge! We are not runners and if anything through lockdown it was nice to force myself to be outside and even better to spend time with my mum.

– Katie, Jog 50 Miles in November 2020 supporter

Steve's Jog 50 miles in November - 50 miles ribbon

Steve’s Jog 50 Miles in November challenge

Steve gave up his job when his wife, Chris, was diagnosed with young onset dementia.

He decided to join the Jog 50 Miles in November challenge in 2020, and ended up running 100 miles during the month. Steve and Chris also walked over 250 miles in November, to keep active while self-isolating.

I signed up in honour of my nan who had dementia and been in a home for the past 4 years. Sadly, my nan passed away in the last week of the challenge – this made the last 20 miles even more important.

The Facebook Group was a great way to stay motivated by seeing other supporter’s stories. I really enjoyed taking part. I remember running my furthest distance of the challenge in one go and thinking ‘I can’t believe I’ve gone that far, I’m really enjoying this’. It really spurred me on to get out and get running on the days I didn’t feel like it!

– Nadia, Jog 50 Miles in November 2020 supporter

FAQs for participants

Q. I’ve just signed up – now what?

A. If you haven’t already, make sure you join our Jog 50 Miles in November Facebook Group by clicking ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt, set up your fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything else 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. The donations made to your Facebook fundraiser will be sent directly to Dementia UK by Facebook. All donations will be used to help fund our Admiral Nurse services, bringing life-changing support to families living with dementia.

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

A. You can check and edit this by logging into Facebook using this link. This will show all of the fundraisers that 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 help us support and develop our Admiral Nurses to help more families facing dementia.

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

A. Normally, if donations don’t appear on your fundraiser page immediately, they will 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 could be as long 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 to your Facebook fundraiser
  • Your sponsor didn’t donate to your fundraising page, but instead clicked the ‘donate now’ button which links directly to Dementia UK. Money donated like this 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 so we can look into it.

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

A. The easiest way to send cash donations to Dementia UK is by donating to yourself through your Facebook fundraiser, or using this donation page for our Jog 50 Miles in November challenge.

If you want to send us a cheque, please make it payable to Dementia UK. Enclose a note including your full name, the email address that you used to register for your t-shirt, and an explanation that you raised the money for the Jog 50 Miles in November challenge. Post it to us at Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London, EC3N 1RE.

If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, 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’ll send you a sponsorship form with your t-shirt, but if you need more than one, you can simply download and print more copies 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 can’t print, email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we’ll send you more sponsorship forms in the post. Friends and family who aren’t on Facebook can donate in 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 11th October, 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, 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! As long as you can record them, we really don’t mind how you decide to take on this challenge. You could do some at the gym on a treadmill, or you might want to jog in the woods over the weekend or simply jog every day in your local park – whatever works best for you. Whenever you complete a mile, remember to tick it off on your star tracker and post it in the ‘Jog 50 Miles in November’ group when you complete a row so we can cheer you on and congratulate you on your progress.

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

A. Strava is a free app that is easy to use to track your miles throughout November, and when you sign up for your free t-shirt you’ll get a miles tracker to tick off every mile you’ve completed. You can post your distances in the Facebook Group – we’d love to see how you’re 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 get active and post about your challenge, you’ll be helping Dementia UK support more families facing dementia.

Q. Can I start early or late?

A. Of course! November is when our Facebook Group is active and the majority of people are likely to take part, but you can do this whenever is 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 50 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’s very important that you seek professional medical advice if you’re in pain or injured. Please see a doctor or call 111 if you’re 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.

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