Frequently asked questions

About the event

The Crisis 50/50 challenge asks you to cover at least 50 miles in 50 days and raise funds for Crisis! Whether you want to run, walk, cycle, swim or space hop, you can take on the challenge solo or with friends and family.

We know that everyone has different abilities, so you can aim for a minimum of 50 miles or go further and set your own distance goal. You can take part in any way you like – even on a space hopper - just make sure that it is safe and a challenge for you, as this will make people more likely to sponsor you!

You can get in touch with us by email or at our website.

Go for it - you can cover as many miles as you want and you’ll shoot up the leader boards!

The Crisis 50/50 challenge takes place over 50 days in September and October 2018. Your 50 days starts when you take the first steps, dive into the pool, or put your feet on the pedals! Don’t forget to log your activities on your fundraising page!

You choose your own location – we’ve had participants from New York to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Whether you run round the local park, swim at the local pool or space-hopper to school, the miles all add up! Be sure to use the hashtag #Crisis5050 to share your photos from your adventures - show the world how far you will go to help end homelessness.

Anyone can take part in The Crisis 50/50 challenge. If you are under 16, please don't register normally - ask your parent/guardian to contact us at 5050challenge@crisis.org.uk.

Taking part in The Crisis 50/50 challenge is free! You can register for free here

Yes! Please share your news and successes on your favourite social media site by using hashtag #Crisis5050.

Your posts might even appear on the Crisis 50/50 challenge site!

For extra support, updates, stories and competitions, sign up to our Facebook group here.

You can take the challenge by yourself, or as a team.

The Crisis 50/50 challenge is supposed to be fun, so we don't expect you to over-exert yourself! All we ask is that you enjoy yourself and don't push yourself too far. If you have concerns about your own health and fitness while taking part in this event, please speak to your doctor first. You can read our event terms and conditions on the event sign up page.


Fundraising

We ask that participants aim to raise at least £100 for Crisis. There will be fundraising competitions and prizes to be won for the top fundraisers, so get your friends and family to dig deep! Find out how you compare to others on the leaderboards.

Yes. We have created downloadable fundraising items to help you spread the word that you're taking part in the Crisis 50/50 challenge, and helping Crisis to help end homelessness. You can download these items here.

everydayhero/JustGiving is an online fundraising platform, which you can use to collect donations and keep your supporters up to date with your progress.

Your very own fundraising page will be set up automatically when you register for the Crisis 50/50 challenge.

If you have already registered, you can log in to your page by entering the log in details you supplied at registration. You can share your page with family and friends to encourage them to support 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 Crisis 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.

Asking people to donate directly to your fundraising page is the easiest way to pay in your sponsorship, as the money comes directly to Crisis 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:
The Crisis 50/50 challenge, Crisis UK, 66 Commercial Street, LONDON E1 6LT

Please do not send cash through the post.

The donations you receive for taking part in the Crisis 50/50 challenge, allow us to help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether.

Check out Martyn's story and price points, which show examples of how your money can help on the About page.

You can find out more about what we do and how we do it by visiting our website.

If you have been given cash donations, then you can pay in the money yourself (using your credit or debit card) to your fundraising page. Please do not post cash to us. If you have a sponsorship form, please send it to us at the address below so that we can claim the Gift Aid.

You can also send a cheque (made payable to Crisis) to:

The Crisis 50/50 challenge, Crisis UK, 66 Commercial Street, LONDON E1 6LT.

Go to your fundraiser page in everydayhero, and hover your mouse over the box that has space for a photo, you will see a box which says 'Update Page Photo'. Click this, then click the subsequent 'Upload' button. You can then select a new photo from your device.

Log in to your page, and you will see text which says "4 small actions": one of these items will share your page. Click on it, and it will highlight your link in a box below and you can then drag or copy this link onto a Facebook post or an email, then add in some text about why you are taking part in the Crisis 50/50 challenge.

If you don’t want to do 50 miles but still want to get involved and fundraise for Crisis, explore more ideas to make a difference or get in touch by emailing fundraise@crisis.org.uk.


Tracking your distance

MapMyFitness is a training app which tracks and records your distance. everydayhero has partnered with MapMyFitness so that you can link your fundraising page to MapMyFitness, and your page will then be updated every time you complete an activity. Your supporters will then see how you’re progressing. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more! You can find out how to link your MapMyFitness to you fundraising page by watching this video.

Strava is a training app which tracks and records your distance. everydayhero has 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. Your fundraisers can see how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more! You can find out how to use it by watching this video.

Fitbit is worn on the wrist and helps you to reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your activity, exercise, sleep, weight and more.

You can find out more about tracking your 50/50 challenge activity here.

If you don't have a fitness app or would prefer not to use one, you can still easily keep track of your distance through your fundraising page by manually adding them. Your supporters will be able to see your progress and help to motivate you. Follow the steps below:

- Log in to your fundraising page using the email address and password you supplied during sign-up (don’t worry if you’ve forgotten either of these, you can send a request to reset them).
- Below the 'Post an update' box, you’ll see 'Fitness' with a runner icon. Click on this and it will open a new box.
- Edit the number of miles, the duration of activity, and the time of day during which you completed your miles by clicking on the links.
- Click 'Post' and then refresh your page – your update should now appear in your feed.

Yes, please do - this means that we'll always have the most accurate information for you, and your supporters will be able to see just how well you're doing. Log in to your fundraising page to make your updates.


Get help

everydayhero has its own dedicated Support team, who are on hand to help you with your questions about your fundraiser page, donations, logins and anything else related to the everydayhero side of things. You can email help@everydayhero.co.uk, visit the FAQ page or ask your questions using live chat.

If you want to make a general donation to Crisis, you can do so here.

Support one of our challengers by searching for their name and donating directly to their online fundraising page.

Drop the team a quick email at 5050challenge@crisis.org.uk and we make sure that you don't get any further event emails.

Supporter Services are here to help you and answer any questions you might have about Crisis, our work or homelessness issues in general. If you are a Crisis supporter we can also update your personal details such as name and address; mailing and contact preferences; bank details on your direct debits.

Supporter Services: 08000 384838
Email: supporter.helpline@crisis.org.uk