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Can you walk 50k for deaf children this May?

Photo: Take on your 50k with your friends.

The 50k in May challenge is your opportunity to get active, improve your fitness and do something incredible for deaf children!

Walk (jog, run, or wheel!) a total of 50k throughout the month of May and get fundraising for deaf children.

Why fundraise?

Right now, we’re working with deaf children and their families across the UK, but we need your help to make sure no deaf child gets left behind.

Whether you jog, walk or run to reach your 50k target, every step you take will bring us closer to a world without barriers for deaf children.

Where do I start?

It’s really easy! Just join our Facebook Group and register for your free t-shirt  that we'll send to you by post and create your Facebook fundraiser.
 
All the while, our friendly community will be there to support and encourage you on your way to hitting your goals. 

FAQs and T&C's

After you've joined our Facebook Group and registered for your fundraising pack, setting up a fundraising page on Facebook is the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up in a few seconds. The page is pre-filled with the challenge information but please do feel free to edit it to tell your own story about why you are taking part.

You can share your page quickly and easily with your Facebook friends, and it’s also quick and easy for them to donate. There’s no minimum target so every pound raised will make a difference.

Not on Facebook? No problem! You can set up a JustGiving page to collect your funds. Just drop us a line on [email protected] to tell us your name, address and what size t-shirt you would like (S, M, L or XL) and we’ll post you out your pack and t-shirt.

Setting up your fundraising page on Facebook is definitely the simplest way to raise money. You don’t have to collect the cash and send it on to us after your challenge! Online fundraising pages tend to raise more than offline sponsorship forms as well.

Alternatively, you can set your own page up on JustGiving. Make sure you drop us a line on [email protected] to tell us your name, address and what size t-shirt you would like (S, M, L or XL) and we’ll post you out your pack and t-shirt.

You’re also welcome to use a sponsorship form to collect sponsorship offline. Please see our Ways to Pay information for details on how to send your offline funds over to us. If you are sending a cheque in the post, please include a short note to explain you have taken part in the 50k in May challenge.

If you choose to send funds via bank transfer or making a payment through our website, please include the reference 50KIM so we can track this.

This is a self-reported challenge so when you’re walking you can track your distance using whatever method you prefer. We love apps like Strava or tech like Fitbit. Or your phone might have a distance tracker automatically installed under the Health app. There is also a distance tracker that can be found in the facebook group for you to print and use. Keep updating your fundraising page with how far you have gone to let your supporters know how you are getting on.

Your funds will go directly to the National Deaf Children’s Society, where your cash will help smash down barriers for deaf children. After the funds are on your page, they will be sent automatically to the charity, so you can concentrate on completing your 50k!

We need your postal address so we can send your t-shirt in the post. We’ll also send you a few email updates on things like how the challenge is going and our fundraising tips. You can opt out of email communications at any time.

On your Facebook fundraising page, go to ‘manage your page’ and ‘edit’. You’ll be able to change the date here. It is pre-set to end after the challenge but if you want to change this then you can do by editing the page.

Our challenge starts on 1 May and we’d like you to hold off until then if possible so you can join in with our Facebook community. If 50k is too far in a month, you can run it into June. We will be building up to the 1st May in our Facebook group to get everyone ready, so feel free to join our community there.

You can start fundraising as early as you like. You can also sign up and start the challenge at any point in May; we don’t want you to miss out!

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. Do as much or as little as you can. You can always return to your walking or running at a later date. Don’t push yourself if your body is telling you it needs to rest. We want you to feel healthy and happy by the end of May!

T-shirts are dispatched within 48 hours of registration (slightly longer at the weekend) so you should receive your t-shirt ithin a few days. If its been longer than 10 days since you registered then let us know and we will look in to this for you.

The best way to attract donations to your page is by updating is often with how you are doing with the challenge. Posting videos, photos and updates let your supporters know you all about the amazing challenge you have set yourself and this will encourage them to donate to you. Keep an eye on the Facebook group where we will be posting other ideas throughout the month. There is a guide on how to make the most of your fundraising page in the files section in the Facebook group.

The following terms and conditions of entry (the “Rules”) relate to 50K in May 2022 challenge (the “challenge”) organised by National Deaf Children’s Society


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Your details will be passed to National Deaf Children’s Society from Facebook and Give Panel, so that National Deaf Children’s Society can contact you about the challenge.


Money pledged via online fundraising pages is collected automatically. Participants may also pay in fundraising monies or donations by:
1. Sending a cheque made payable to “National Deaf Children’s Society” stating your full name and referencing the 50K in May event.
2. Contacting the Community Fundraising team on [email protected] to arrange an alternative method pf payment.

All participants have a legal responsibility to ensure that all fundraising monies/donations received in connection with the challenge are paid to National Deaf Children’s Society as soon as possible after the challenge. National Deaf Children’s Society must receive the full amount of sponsorship money donated to you. Money received in sponsorship for the challenge should not be used to cover the cost of travel to/from the challenge, or equipment/clothing for the challenge.


Should you decide to withdraw from the challenge, all sponsor forms and sponsor money collected must be forwarded to National Deaf Children’s Society or, following a request from the sponsors, returned to the sponsors to the extent reasonably possible. You will contact National Deaf Children’s Society immediately if you need to withdraw from the challenge.


You must adhere to the rules and regulation of the challenge as stated in the Facebook group. For reference, please visit

Any personal information you share in the Facebook group, or any other data sharing platform such as Strava, is at your own risk. Please make sure you update and manage your own privacy settings as you see fit.


HEALTH & SAFETY AND MEDICAL
By signing up to the challenge, you confirm that, to the best of your knowledge, your general state of health and fitness is good and that you are healthy and fit (physically and medically) enough to take part in the challenge. You acknowledge that you are taking part in this challenge at your own risk. You accept that, should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the challenge which is likely to affect your ability to compete, you shall withdraw from the challenge in accordance with these conditions


Participants enter the challenge at their own risk. National Deaf Children’s Society shall not be liable for any injury or loss to persons or their property that might occur as a result of their participation in or attendance of the challenge, other than in respect of any injury or loss arising as a result of our negligence. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in these Rules shall operate to exclude or limit any liability which cannot legally be excluded or limited.

Participants are responsible for ensuring that they are sufficiently fit and healthy to take part in the challenge. Anyone unsure of their physical ability to take part in the challenge must seek medical advice from their doctor prior to the challenge.


We reserve the right to ask you to withdraw during the challenge if we have concerns about your ability to complete the course due to fitness, injury or otherwise. If you choose to continue you do so against the advice of the events team and therefore absolve the events team of any responsibility going forward.


Participants are responsible for ensuring that they are wearing appropriate attire (including footwear) and in possession of the appropriate protections when taking part in the challenge, taking into account the nature of the challenge, the weather forecast and the terrain involved.


Participants are responsible for ensuring that they adhere to government guidelines surrounding Covid-19 For the latest updates please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. If you have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been hospitalised due to Covid-19, you should undergo health screening with a qualified medical professional prior to taking part in the challenge to determine whether you are in a good state of health and fitness to participate in the challenge.

Have a question we haven't answered?

We’d be happy to help! Either drop us a line in the Facebook group or email us on [email protected].