About the event
Are you ready to get skipping and fundraise to improve awareness and protect babies from group B Strep meningitis, sepsis, and pneumonia? Sign up to take part in our Skipping Challenge this October.
Simply ask your family and friends to sponsor you to do 100 skips a day in October every day at home, at work or even at the park – the choice is all yours!
Register below and set up your fundraising page for your FREE bespoke GBSS skipping rope. And if you raise £75 you’ll receive a GBSS T-shirt to complete your challenge in.
Three reasons to do 100 skips a day in October
We could go on all day about why you should join our team, but we’ll keep it short.
- You’ll receive a free bespoke GBSS skipping rope once you have register and set up your fundraising page.
- You’ll have support from an incredible community of fundraisers.
- Most importantly, you’ll be helping to save babies’ lives.
How do I sign up?
Registration is free and easy. Just follow the steps below.
Join our Facebook group
Join our GBSS October Skipping Challenge Facebook group. You can connect with fellow skippers taking on the 100 skips a day challenge, share your achievements and cheer each other on. Plus you can discover lots of fundraising tips that’ll help you see those donations come flying in.
Register and set up your fundraising page
After you fill in the registration form, you can choose to set up a Facebook fundraising page or a JustGiving page. We recommend setting your fundraising pledge at £150, but the goal is to raise what you can. So you can choose to increase it, decrease it or keep it as it is.
Get your FREE skipping rope
We will send you a free, bespoke GBSS skipping rope once you set up your fundraising page. Don’t forget to take plenty of photos and share your fundraising page with friends and family to let them know you’re supporting Group B Strep Support.
Our friendly team will also be on hand to support you, share tips and answer your questions.
Why fundraise for Group B Strep Support?
Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, and the most common cause of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. And the number of these infections is rising. Currently:
- 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection
- 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection
- 1 baby a week recovers from group B Strep infection with disability
Knowing about group B Strep when you’re pregnant and in the early weeks after birth can make a massive difference as most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented, and early treatment can and does save lives.
The money you raise will make sure that information and support is available for anyone who needs it – on our website, through the helpline we run, and through our online community. Your efforts can make a meaningful difference in the lives of many and help raise awareness about this important issue.
Tracker – download your tracker to tick of your 100 skips a day (there’s one in your pack also!).
Sponsorship form – download this form to collect cash donations. You can then pay these onto your Facebook fundraiser and send us a photo/scan of the form to allow us to claim Gift Aid.
If you have any questions about the challenge, or need to speak to a member of our team, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also read our FAQs below.
Frequently asked questions
Once you have registered and set up your fundraising page, we aim to get your skipping rope and tracker to you within 14 working days.
Once you’ve signed up to the challenge and set up your fundraising page, we’ll send you your very own bespoke GBSS skipping rope and tracker in the post. You can use the tracker to tick off the days you do 100 skips in October.
We are asking everyone who would like a skipping rope for the challenge to fundraise so that the costs of their skipping rope are covered.
Yes they can! While under 18s cannot join the Facebook group, they can still take part with a parent or guardians permission and fundraise through a JustGiving page here.
The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. Complete as many skips a day as you can throughout October. Every skip helps.
Of course! The challenge officially starts in October however, if you would like to start early or a bit later that is absolutely fine. As long as you challenge yourself, that is all we ask.
There is no minimum fundraising requirement to take part. We recommend setting your fundraising pledge at £150, but the goal is to raise what you can. So you can choose to increase it, decrease it or keep it as it is.
You can add cash donations by adding them to your fundraiser yourself.
If you don’t have an online fundraising page and are fundraising entirely offline, to pay funds in you can…
Donate on our website here: Donate | Group B Strep Support. Please make sure you reference ‘100 Skips a day in October’ so that your donations go to the overall Skipping total!
You can also call us on: 0330 120 0795
If you have trouble donating online please email email@example.com
Of course, but you’ll have to take the donation directly from them and add it to your own page. Alternatively, you can fundraise on JustGiving.
Directly to Group B Strep Support. You don’t have to worry about this. It happens automatically.
No – we trust you! But it’s a great idea to keep everyone updated on your progress by posting updates and pictures on your fundraiser. You can also use our social media badges to share your progress.
Here are some simple tips to get you started:
Share your fundraiser on all your social platforms, with your colleagues, friends and family.
If fundraising on Facebook, invite people to your fundraiser using the invite button at the top of your fundraising page.
Donate to your own fundraiser to get it off the mark.
There are a few key things you can do to make the most of your fundraising page, including:
Sharing your fundraiser
At the top of your Facebook Fundraising Page, you’ll see a button which says ’share‘, click on that and follow the steps to post it to your Facebook page. You can also copy and paste the link (URL) to share it on email, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, or any other social platforms to ask for donations from specific friends, family or colleagues.
Telling your story
Tell your supporters why you are taking part in the challenge and what a difference their donations will make to Group B Strep Support.
Posting photos and content
Keep everyone updated. Try to share regular updates and progress pictures on your fundraising page and on your main social media accounts. Your supporters will enjoy sharing your journey with you and want to know how you’re getting on. Don’t forget to include with the link to your fundraising page. People will likely see how amazing you’re doing and donate to show their support.
You could post photos of your tracker with daily or weekly updates or post a photo and video of you skipping.
Why not share a photo of you with your skipping rope and tracker too?
Ask your workplace if they can match fund your fundraising total, as this will really help to maximise vital funds.
Other hints and tips
Increase your target by £100 whenever you’re within £50 of reaching it, as people are more likely to donate to help you reach your target.
Are you a member of other Facebook groups? Share your Fundraiser in those groups and let people know why you are fundraising.
Yes! We have 2 amazing prizes this year.
Raise £75 and we’ll send you a GBSS T-shirt to wear during your challenge.
Raise £150 and we’ll also send you an exclusive Skip 100 times a day in October medal and certificate!
Delivery can take up to 14 days after you have reached a milestone.
If you’re fundraising on Facebook, GBSS will receive all of the donations. If you’re using JustGiving, the platform attaches a small processing fee, which we have no control over. Read more about the JustGiving processing fee
If you have any questions, feedback or comments, we’d love to hear from you. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Group B Strep Support staff members moderate the group in office hours (9am-5pm) and the staff and volunteers moderate the group out of these hours and at weekends.