Great Strides

Virtual Land's End to John O'Groats

Frequently asked questions

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We have answers about both Cystic Fibrosis and the Great Strides virtual event. If you don't find the information that you're looking for below, you can contact us at 020 3795 2176 or email events@cysticfibrosis.org.uk.

The event

This summer, we're asking you to join Stephen and see if you can cover the distance of Land's End to John O'Groats, however, whenever and wherever you like while fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Gather your friends, family and colleagues together to compete to see who can get the furthest! Walk, cycle, swim, bounce, hop, skip or jump your way through the British Isles, whatever suits your schedule and ability.
The challenge will run from the 1st July - 14th September 2018.
Anyone can take part in Great Strides Virtual. If you are under 18, please request permission from your parent/guardian to take part.
Taking part in Great Strides Virtual is free! You can register for free here.
CF Fitness Space is a place to get your CF fitness training inspiration and watch a collection of exercise videos tailor-made for people with cystic fibrosis. Keep these in mind for your virtual challenge! You can find more information about fitness here.

Fact: 240 minutes is the average length of medical treatment/care (tablets, nebulisers, physio) that someone with cystic fibrosis takes a day.

Fact: Did you know each medical appointment for someone with cystic fibrosis, including travel, takes on average 4 hours 46 minutes? If you were to walk for this length of time in this challenge, you could cover 14.25 miles!
Taking part in a virtual challenge means you aren't restricted by a time or location for your challenge. Simply log the miles where and when you can! Plus, it doesn't even have to be outdoors - add the mileage from your treadmill run! Interact with other people taking part via our digital platform!

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-shortening genetic condition that affects over 10,000 people in the UK. It causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with thick mucus, which can make climbing the stairs feel like climbing a mountain.

The Trust is funding research into new treatments and therapies, providing information and support to everyone affected and campaigning hard alongside the CF community. Taking part in this challenge will help us create a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis for everyone affected.
Cystic fibrosis affects everyone differently, but for many it involves a rigorous daily treatment regime including physiotherapy, oral, nebulised and occasionally intravenous antibiotics, and taking enzyme tablets with food.
Exercise is particularly important for people with CF because it can help clear mucus from the lungs, improve physical bulk and strength and help improve overall health.

Fundraising

We are asking that participants aim to raise at least £150 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Did you know £104 could provide life-sustaining medication for a year for someone with cystic fibrosis? By covering the cost of a pre-payment certificate, £104 would fund a year of prescription charges.
Everydayhero is an online fundraising platform, which you can use to collect your sponsorship. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you register for Great Strides Virtual.

If you have already registered, you can access your page and by entering the log in details you supplied when you signed up. You can share your page with friends and family to encourage them to donate to you.
Gift Aid adds 25p to every £1 donated, at no extra cost to the donor. It’s a Government scheme that enables charities to claim this ‘extra money’ from tax that people have already paid.

To allow us to claim Gift Aid, the donor has to be a UK taxpayer and have paid sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the amount the Cystic Fibrosis Trust will reclaim in the tax year. If you are fundraising offline, please make sure you send your sponsorship form to us so we can claim it.
Yes, the Downloads section has lots of tools to help you reach your target. You will find posters, sponsorship forms, top tips and more!
Asking people to donate directly to your fundraising page is the easiest way to pay in your sponsorship, as the money comes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and cuts out any admin for you.

If you’ve collected cash, then you can pay in the money yourself (using a credit or debit card) to your fundraising page. Don’t forget to send us any sponsorship forms so we can claim the Gift Aid.

Or send a cheque made payable to Crisis to:
Cystic Fibrosis Trust, One Aldgate, 2nd Floor, London, EC3N 1RE

Please do not send cash through the post.

Distance tracking

MapMyFitness is a training app which tracks and records your distance, you can find out how to use it by watching this video.

Everydayhero is partnered with MapMyFitness which means you can link your fundraising page to MapMyFitness and your page will then be updated every time you complete an activity. That way your donors can see how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more!
Strava is a training app which tracks and records your distance, you can find out how to use it by watching this video. Everydayhero is partnered with Strava, which means you can link your fundraising page to Strava and your page will then be updated every time you complete an activity. That way your donors can see how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more!
You can manually add miles to your fundraising page to let your supporters know how you’re getting on. Follow these simple instructions to manually add miles to your supporter page.

Help

If you would like any additional materials or have any queries regarding the Great Strides Virtual challenge, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us:

events@cysticfibrosis.org.uk
0203 795 2176
https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk