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The Challenge

Fundraising

Tracking Your Distance

The Challenge

What is Step for Pets?

Step for Pets is a virtual challenge to walk 10,000 everyday in February while raising funds for Scotland’s animals. Throughout the challenge, you'll receive lots of top tips to help make every step count.

How does the government guidance on social distancing affect my challenge?

Step for Pets is a virtual challenge, meaning you can take part in the challenge any time and anywhere that suits you while being able to stay safe within current social distancing guidelines. You can find the government’s current guidance here.

Is it free to sign up?

Yes, it’s free to sign up. Everyone who signs up is being encouraged to fundraise for the Scottish SPCA.

When does Step for Pets start and finish?

The challenge will run for 28 days from 1 February to 28 February. Sign up before 1 February to get your fundraising started and practice your step counting so you are ready for the challenge when it starts.

Can I get a t-shirt?

Yes, anyone who raises £50 or more on their personal fundraising page by midnight on 3 February will get the option to receive a free t-shirt. Offers to receive a t-shirt will be emailed to participants by 5 February.

Can I do it as a group with family, friends or colleagues?

Yes, but always do this within the current government guidance on social distancing.

You can create a virtual team and take on the challenge as a group. As it's a virtual challenge, you don't all need to live in the same home or do your take part at the same time. Just link your pages together to create a team when you sign up and you'll have a goal you can all work towards together.

You can also join the wider Step for Pets community in a dedicated Facebook group where you can share your achievements and get inspiration.

Can children take part?

Children can take part with supervision from a parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 18 won’t be able to sign up for the challenge, however a parent or guardian can sign up on behalf of their child to take part in the challenge.

Can I count the steps from other activities such as running, cycling or swimming?

Yes, you can count all the steps you take in a day. So if you can record steps from other activities then include these in your daily total.

Do I have to cover 10,000 steps every day?

You can increase or decrease your steps target when you sign up. It's your challenge, so adapt it to suit your ability.

Can I start counting steps before the challenge starts?

Yes, you can start counting steps before the challenge starts on 1 February. Use anytime you have before this to build up your ability and getting used to counting daily steps.

Fundraising

How much do I need to fundraise?

We’re asking you to aim to raise £100 to help care for Scotland’s animals. If you raise £3.50 each day, you’ll reach your target. Be bold and aim high, the more you raise, the more animals that can be cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

  • £5 could help feed a dog for one week
  • £50 could help care for a hedgehog for one month
  • £100 could help towards keeping Scottish SPCA animal rescue officers on the road all year round 

Every day, the Scottish SPCA responds to over 140 reports of animals in need. By raising vital funds, you’ll be helping ensure animals get the care they need and you’ll also become an animal champion.

How can I raise funds?

Setup your fundraising page (it takes less than 1 minute) and share it with friends and family to let them know that you're taking part in the challenge. Share with them how important it is to you and tell them the difference their support could make. You’ll also find fundraising tips to help you in the Tips and Resources page.

When can I start fundraising?

You can start fundraising as soon as you sign up. Raise as much as you can before the challenge starts. Everyone who raises £50 or more on their personal fundraising page by midnight 3 Febraury will get the option to receive a free t-shirt.

How do my funds reach the charity?

All the money you raise on your fundraising page is transferred automatically to the Scottish SPCA.

I'm taking part as a team with a group of people, how much do I need to raise?

We’re asking each team member to raise £100 or you can set a collective fundraising target for the team. Coming together with friends, family or colleagues is a great way to fundraise. Be bold and aim high, the more you raise, the more animals that can be cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

Tracking Your Distance

How can I track my distance?

You can record all your daily steps on your fundraising page. You can use a step counter app, fitness tracker (such as Fitbit) or a pedometer to record your daily steps. Your smartphone may already have a step counter or fitness app on it which you can use to count your steps.

At the end of each day, you can manually add your daily steps on your fundraising page. Just log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’ to add your steps. Your total steps for the challenge will then appear on your personal fundraising page.

I don't have a step counter app or fitness tracker; how else can I track my steps?

A simple pedometer can also be used. You can buy one in advance and then wear it everyday of the challenge. 

At the end of each day, you can manually add your daily steps on your fundraising page. Just log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’ to add your steps. Your total steps for the challenge will then appear on your personal fundraising page.

How do I manually record distances on my fundraising page?

  1. Login to your fundraising page
  2. Go to your 'Dashboard' and click 'My Fitness Activity'
  3. Click on ‘Add Activity’ and add your daily steps, then click ‘Save Changes’
  4. All done, your steps will be recorded
  5. Repeat the above steps at the end of each day

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