5000 lunges in April for Teenage Cancer Trust

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

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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. We'll send you a t-shirt and after you put your address and t-shirt size in here.

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 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. 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 lunges?

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 lunge 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. 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. Can I create a joint Facebook fundraiser?

A. Yes, you create the fundraising page and then if you click edit organisers on the fundraiser then you can add your team members. They will then be able to adjust edit the fundraising page and add comments. 

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 lunge 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!

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.

Q. How do I get in touch with Teenage Cancer Trust?

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

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

A. 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.

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. Who is moderating the group?

A. 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. Why do I need to change the fundraiser end date to May 14?

A. This will allow you to collect donations once the challenge is over, or else your page will expire. A great boost for donations is sharing in your Fundraiser that you have completed the challenge.

Q. Do I have to fundraise?

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, which you can do so here. Then just share the page with your Facebook friends ! You might be surprised by the amount of donations; we really appreciate every lunge and every penny raised to help young people with cancer.

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. How do I upload videos?

A. 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 ‘5,000 Lunges 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.

Q. If someone donations 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 donations to show on your page you will need to only share your fundraising page link.

Q. Why isn’t my donation showing on my friends fundraising page?

A. 100% of any donation made to a Teenage Cancer Trust fundraising page will go straight to us. If you can confirm the following, we can check we have received your donation:

  • The date you donated
  • The amount you donated
  • The name of the person’s fundraiser you donated to

Please note that if you have donated anonymously, we will be unable to do this so please let us know if that is the case.

Q. Why have I been charged for my donation? 

A. Facebook does not take a fee for donations. This could be a test payment Facebook pay does to validate the account is real, the deduction should be returned quickly.

You can contact Facebook with regards to your donation.

Q. Can I have a pin badge? 

A. We're afraid that these badges are reserved for another initiative which we are running. As you already have a t-shirt for taking part in this challenge, if you would like you purchase a pin badge you can do so on our website