2800 Squats in February for Teenage Cancer Trust

Take on this challenge to raise vital money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

About us

We create world class cancer services for young people in the UK, providing life-changing care and support so young people don't have to face cancer alone.

Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words "you have cancer". They will each need specialised nursing care and support to get them through the toughest times they may have faced.

We're the only UK charity dedicated to meeting this vital need. So you know we're the real deal, this is our registered charity details: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).

A young person with cancer talking with a Teenage Cancer Trust nurse in hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I just signed up, now what?

A. Firstly, join the Facebook Group we set up for this challenge...

Click 'Join Group'. Once you're in, you can get your T shirt, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge!

Q. How do I get my free t-shirt?

A. Unfortunately we have now closed t-shirt registrations for this event.

Q. How long will my T-shirt take to arrive?

A. It will take 14 days for your t-shirt to arrive. Please be patient and be assured we will get them to you as soon as possible.

Q. Can my t-shirt be exchanged?

A. If you received a different size to the one you ordered then we will be able to send you a new t-shirt. Otherwise we will unfortunately be unable to exchange your top. 

Q. Can under 18s join the Facebook Group?

A. No, sorry. To join the Facebook Group, you need to be over 18. Facebook fundraisers can only be set up by over 18s. If you wish to take part and are under 18 please ask a parent or guardian and fundraise through JustGiving.

Q. What types of images are allowed on the Facebook group?

We recognise that lots of you will want to post before and after photos of your results from the squat challenge, but we want to make sure that all imagery is suitable, and not offensive or provocative.

Therefore, we ask that each of you follow these simple guidelines when posting photos, otherwise we’re afraid that your post won’t be approved or may be removed.  
Super simple imagery checklist!

  • Clothing – we ask everyone to be fully clothed. Gym wear and leggings are absolutely fine but posts in swimwear or lingerie are not considered appropriate for this group.
  • Angles – please be mindful of the camera angles used. Please only use camera angles from the side, front or back.

Q. Will I receive a medal?

A. We are only sending out a free T-shirts for this challenge. You’ll be able to download a digital medal in the Facebook Group.

Q. How do I keep track of how much I've done?

A. That’s up to you, a good old-fashioned pen and paper will do or make a note on your phone. You can always ask in the Facebook group for ideas! There are loads of apps out there and you’ll get good advice in the Facebook group.

Q. Do I need to provide evidence to the charity that I’ve done the squats?

A. We trust you! You don’t need to provide evidence that you’ve completed the challenge to us. Updating your friends and family on your fundraising page is important! Make sure you keep them posted on your progress and share videos and photos, the more the better.

Q. What if I don't complete the challenge?

A. The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. Do as much as you can. Every squat helps.

Q. How do I raise money?

A. Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up in a few seconds. And then it's simple: just share the page with your Facebook friends!

Q. Do I have to fundraise?

A. There is no minimum fundraising target but we do encourage participants to set up a Facebook Fundraising page to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Then just share the page with your Facebook friends ! You might be surprised by the amount of donations; we really appreciate every squat and every penny raised to help young people with Cancer.

Q. Can people donate who don’t have Facebook?

A. Of course, but you’ll have to take the donation directly from them and add it to your own page. Please note, the donation will not be added to your fundraising total on Facebook.

Q. If someone donates offline/not on my Facebook fundraising page can this be added to my fundraising total on Facebook?

A. No, unfortunately there is no way of doing this. The only way that you could do this would be write a thank you post on your fundraiser to thank the individual. But this would still not add to the total.

Q. Why isn't a donation showing on my page?

A. If you use the ‘donate’ button on Facebook then the donation will go directly to Teenage Cancer Trust. It will not go on your page. If you would like it to be added to your page you will need to only share your fundraising page link.

Q.I’ve got two fundraising pages. Can I combine the two?

A. Unfortunately, there is no current way of merging two Facebook fundraising pages. But 100% of all the money donated on both will go straight to Teenage Cancer Trust.  As an alternative you can set one page to expire soon, and post on the other the amount fundraised on your expired page so that you only have one to share, but the totals will not add up.

Q. Can I raise money on Just Giving or another platform?

A. We’d prefer you raise the money through Facebook Fundraisers but if that doesn’t work for you it’s not a problem. You can always set up a JustGiving page.

Q. Where will my friends' money go?

A. Directly to Teenage Cancer Trust. You don't have to worry about this. It happens automatically.

Q. Can I start late or early?

A. Of course!

Q. Can I just raise money offline with a sponsorship form?

A. If you would like a sponsorship form please email us at hello@teenagecancertrust.org or call 0207 612 0370.

Q. How do I pay in offline sponsorship?

A. Please send us your sponsorship forms and cheque made payable to Teenage Cancer Trust to:

Teenage Cancer Trust
93 Newman Street

CARD Payments:

Call 020 7612 0370 during office hours and write the amount paid, date paid and your reference number on the sponsorship forms and send to the address quoted above.
Bank Transfer:

Please email virtualchallenges@teenagecancertrust.org for information about how you can transfer funds to us.

Q. Does my normal training count?

There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you're doing something that challenges you. This will vary from person to person, so tailor the challenge however you like. It should be tough, but doable. You should feel satisfied when you finish it! And we appreciate every single squat you do to help young people with cancer.

Q. Who is Steve Mackenzie on the Facebook group?​

Steve Mackenzie is the Facebook Profile of a few members of Teenage Cancer Trust staff. We created the profile for this challenge so we can assist you wherever we can!

Q. Who is moderating the Facebook group?

Teenage Cancer Trust staff members moderate the group in office hours (9am-5.30pm) and an external agency moderate the group out of these hours until 9pm and 9am-9pm at weekends.

Q. How do I upload videos to the Facebook group?

To share a video on the group you can select ‘share’ at the top of your timeline, timeline sharing will be the default so you will need to select the ‘2,800 Squats in February’ page from the dropdown menu. Then click the photo/video button to upload the video from your computer or phone, and you can add a description to the video at the top.  
We love hearing how everyone is getting on, but you don’t need to prove to us that you have completed the challenge, we trust you.

If you’re worried about cancer

Whatever you’re going through right now, you're not alone. Visit our website for support whether you have cancer, you’re worried about cancer or someone you know has been given a cancer diagnosis.

How do I get in touch with Teenage Cancer Trust?

If you have any questions, feedback or comments, we'd love to hear from you. You can email virtualchallenges@teenagecancertrust.org.

Can I just donate to someone else’s fundraiser and take part?

Thanks so much for being part of the group. We would really love it if you're able to set up your own fundraiser. If you set it up, donate to your own page you'll be amazed at how generous people can be and that way we'll raise more to support young people with cancer.