Run, walk, swim, cycle, row, scoot or pogo-stick your way to 75 miles. You can take on our #My75Miles anniversary challenge any way you wish. What's more, you can take part by yourself or as part of a team and, as long as the distance is completed before 31 December, 2018, you can take however long you want to complete it. All we ask is that you raise a minimum of £75 to support heroes of the fire community along the way.
Every mile you manage and every pound you raise throughout our anniversary year will help us to support members of the fire services community recovering from illness, injury or psychological trauma.
So, whether you fancy running the 75 miles in one go, or joining a group of friends to swim it over the course of six months, the options are endless and entirely up to you.
They’re your 75 miles, go out there and smash them.
Why take on 75 miles?
Your 75 miles will be a personal journey, but by undertaking it you will be helping thousands of others on their journey of recovery from injury, illness or psychological trauma.
We exist to support the everyday heroes of the UK fire community through the provision of life enhancing health and wellbeing services. Operating from three centres, throughout local communities and via online services, we positively impact over 5,000 people a year.
- Find out more about the work we do to support fire fighters recovering from injury, illness or psychological trauma
- Meet those we support as they share their stories
- Hear from our dedicated clinical teams, employees and volunteers. Find out why they do what they do
Badge of honour
We’ve got 500 of our special #My75Miles pop badges to give away to the first 500 people to register and set up a fundraising page. No pins and nasty holes in your favourite tops, just pop them on to your running or cycling vest and away you go.
How your 75 miles will help
The sponsorship money you raise as you tackle your 75 miles will make a huge difference to our beneficiaries, here’s how:
£75 in sponsorship money will:
- Allow 15 beneficiaries to attend an exercise therapy session or
- Allow us to deliver five one-to-one hydrotherapy sessions or
- Allow us to keep our Services Access Line open for five hours
Every £20 you raise, meanwhile, will:
- Pay for a firefighter with mental health issues to attend a face to face psychological support sessionor
- Provide a one-to-one physiotherapy session for a firefighter recovering from knee surgery
Keep track of your progress
If you’re a runner or rider already, there’s a good chance you’re using a fitness tracker. Fitbit, Strava and MapMyFitness are now household names as people track every element of their sporting progress. It’s a brilliant way to monitor your own performance and progress but the great news is that fitness trackers could also now significantly boost your fundraising.
Linking your fundraising page to a fitness app is a great way to keep your friends, followers and sponsors up to date with your efforts. Plus it’s proven that fundraisers who use this feature raise on average nearly double the amount of those who don’t!
Your activities will come up automatically on your activity feed once connected to your chosen app. However, if you’d prefer not to use a fitness app you can still easily keep track of your miles through your fundraising page by manually updating it via the ‘fitness’ link. That way your friends and family will still be able to see how you’re progressing.
Help with your fundraising
We’ve pulled together a few things to help you with your sponsorship:
Support your friends
#My75Miles aims to bring the entire fire community together in the name of The Fire Fighters Charity, jointly tackling a personal 75 mile challenge to raise as much money as we can for fire fighters in need.
There’s every chance, therefore, that someone you know is taking part. Use the button below to search for your friends and colleagues and show them your support.
Recruit your friends
If your friends haven’t yet signed up, why not give them a little nudge to do so. Share your fundraising page on your social media pages and tag your friends and colleagues with a little prompt to our website. The more people we can recruit to #My75Miles, the more money we can hopefully raise to support fire fighters in need and make our 75th year one to really remember.
Donate directly and other ways to support us
Propelling yourself along for 75 miles isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if signing up for #My75Miles isn’t your thing there are a whole host of other ways you can support us: