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What is Sport Relief?

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

When is Sport Relief?

Sport Relief is back from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016 and there are more ways than ever for you to take part, change lives and feel proud. Whether you get sponsored to enter an event at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games or fundraise with friends and family at home, work or school, you’ll help people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. Find out more at www.sportrelief.com

What can I do for Sport Relief?

There’s no better way to take part than by entering the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, and there are more than a thousand events up and down the country. The cash you raise in sponsorship will help to transform lives across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. From November you can enter the Games online and it couldn’t be simpler. Register your interest now so that you can be one of the first to know when it does open and to make the most of some early offers!

When is the next Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day will be back in March 2017.

 

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Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games

What is the date for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games 2016?

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games 2016 will take place on Friday 18th- Sunday 20th March 2016.

Where is my nearest Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games event taking place?

With more than a thousand Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games events happening across the UK there’s a good chance there’s one near you. More events are being added all the time so keep checking the Sport Relief website for updates. Find out where your nearest Mile, Swimathon or Cycle is taking place.

When I enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games what will I get?

You will receive a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games Event Pack which will include; a sponsorship form, a giro slip (to pay your money in), information about your event, your personal event number* plus plenty of advice and tips on how to raise lots of cash through sponsorship. When you complete your event you will also receive a medal**.

*Only participants in the Mile and Cycle will receive an event number.
**If you’re taking part in the SimplySwim you will receive your medal once you have submitted your results online.

When is the last date I can enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games?

Events are always very popular and we have a maximum capacity at each venue. Places are booked on a first come first served basis so we really recommend that you enter as soon as you can before we sell out.

Can I enter on the day?

The events are very popular and we do sell out quite quickly. To avoid disappoint we recommend you register now.

I’ve signed up to an event and I can’t sign up to another one because my email address has already been used.

You can only use an email address once to sign up for an event. To sign up for another event, you need to use another email address. If you don’t have another email address please contact us here.

What do I need to bring on the day?

For the Mile

  • Your Miler number and safety pins to attach it to the front of your t-shirt.
    You should have received your Miler number in your Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games Event Pack by the end of January 2016.
  • Your trainers.
  • Water and snacks.
  • Suitable clothing.
  • A little bit of cash.
  • A stopwatch (if you want to time yourself).
  • Lots of sponsors!
  • Waterproofs and sunscreen – fingers crossed for the sun.
  • Travel light as there won’t be anywhere to store bags, and please arrive in plenty of time to warm up and take in the atmosphere.

For the Cycle

  • Your Cycle number and safety pins to attach it. Your Cycle number will be in your Games Event Pack, which you should receive by the end of January.
  • Your bike, well-maintained and regularly ridden.
  • Helmet and lightweight waterproof top.
  • Snacks and water, accessible while riding.
  • Suitable clothing and footwear.
  • Lots of sponsors!
  • Waterproofs and sunscreen – fingers crossed for the sun.
  • A bike lock for after you finish.
  • A fully charged mobile phone.
  • A mini pump, puncture repair kit and spare inner tube.
  • Travel light as there won’t be anywhere to store bags.

For the Swimathon

  • Your Swimathon event details.
  • Your swimming costume, ideally not loose fitting as drag could tire you out.
  • Goggles, if you use them.
  • Towel and clothes for afterwards.
  • Water and snacks.
  • Lots of sponsors!
  • We’ll provide you with a special Swimathon swimming cap to wear as you take part so that the Swimathon Team can track how many laps you’ve completed.

(This information will also be provided in your Event Pack which you will receive in the post following your registration)

Will you be timing participants/holding time trials?

We won’t be doing any formal timing but there will be clocks at the start and finish of some of our larger events so you can time yourself if you want to.

Will there be anywhere to leave my bags whilst I take part in the Games?

Although some events might offer bag storage, the majority are unable to. We recommend you come without any heavy bags or take part with a small rucksack or money pouch. Alternatively you could bring along your family and friends and leave your bags with them.

I have a disability, can I take part?

We have made every effort to ensure that our events are suitable for people with disabilities, however we have not been able to guarantee this at every event. To find out if an event has disabled access, please search for your nearest event here and the event details page will state whether disabled access is available.

Can my friends and family watch me take part?

Yes, of course. Feel free to invite your family and friends to make this an unforgettable experience, although make sure you get there early to find a good viewpoint. There will be check points on the route that will provide a great opportunity for friends and family to cheer on participants.

Are the BBC filming the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games and how do I get on TV?

The BBC will be filming at some of our events, including our flagship event at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The best way to get on TV is to do your event in an unusual way or dress up to stand out in the crowd, but unfortunately we can never guarantee that the BBC will show you.

I've entered the Sport Relief Games, but I haven't received anything yet. When will I get my pack?

We’re delighted that you have entered the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. Your Event Pack should arrive in the post within 10 working days after registration.

If you haven’t received one within this time frame please get in touch with us.

I don’t have an email address but I want to sign up for the Games?

An email address is necessary to enter the Games so that we can keep in touch about important information about the event.

How much does it cost to enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games?

EventAdultChildren
(Under 16)
Family ticket
(2 adults, 2 children)
The Mile£7£3£17
The Mile (London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich)£11£5£27
The Family Cycle (London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich)£11£5£27
London Pro-Cycle£35n/an/a
Simply Cycle£11£5n/a

Swimathon


 Standard EntryConcession*
Individual entry£12£9
Team entry£26£19.50**

*Unemployed, under 16s, disabled, full-time student, senior citizens aged 60 and above.
** To be eligible for team concessions the majority (over half) must fall into one of these categories to qualify got the concessionary price. Teams are not separated into age specific categories.

The entry fee goes towards helping to cover the costs of putting on events across the UK. That’s why we ask you to get sponsored and raise money. The money you raise will help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Does my entry fee count as a donation?

To make the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games affordable for everyone, your entry fees only goes towards covering the cost of staging the events, and doesn't include a donation to Sport Relief. That's why we really need everyone taking part to raise as much cash as possible by getting sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues – to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Can I enter multiple events?

We’re delighted that you want to sign up for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. The events weren’t designed to be a triathlon but if you’re up for a multi-event challenge, then that’s great. Please be sure that you check the times and locations of the events before registering to ensure that you will be able to attend all events.

You will need to sign up to individual events separately using a different email address as it’s not possible to use an email address twice.

Why can I not register twice using the same email address?

You can only use an email address once when registering for a Sport Relief event, therefore you will need to use a different email address each time you sign up to a new event. However if the email address you initially used to register to Sport Relief is a Gmail or Hotmail account you can use the same address with the addition of a “+1” just before the “@gmail.com” e.g. joebloggs+1@gmail.com - this will allow you to register for a new event and also receive the confirmation email.

Can I change my details of the event I’ve registered to?

To change the details of your event e.g. time, distance and date please contact us (http://www.sportrelief.com/contact-us) with your:

  • Name
  • Event you wish to move to
  • Length of distance you wish to change to
  • Start time you wish to change to

We will amend your details and resend you a confirmation email. We will however be unable to change your event type e.g. from a Mile to a Swimathon event.


Please note, we can only accommodate your change if there is capacity in your chosen event. You can only change your venue to another event of the same type and price and unfortunately you cannot move from a Local Mile to an event in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or one of the five Flagship Games in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich and Sheffield.

Will everyone entering an event receive a medal?

Every person who enters any event will receive a medal. If they enter a Mile, Cycle or a Swim, they will get a medal at the end of each event. Those doing a SimplyCycle will receive a medal within their Sponsorship Kit, and those doing a SimplySwim will receive a medal via post, once they’ve submitted they’re results online on the Swimathon website.

How many people account for a family entry discount?

The fee for a family discount covers only 2 adults and 2 children, however you can add more children to a family group. When registering a child under a family entry, please be sure to tick the box that states “please tick if the person you’re adding is under 16”. These amounts will be viewable on the receipt to the top left hand-side of the webpage.

I've entered the Sport Relief Games, but I haven't received anything yet. When will I get my sponsorship kit information?

We’re delighted that you have entered the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. If you registered to your Sport Relief event in 2015 then you will receive your Sponsorship Kit from 14th January 2016. Otherwise, you will receive your kit within 10 working days after registering. If you haven’t received one within this time frame please get in touch at www.sportrelief.com/contact-us.

In the meantime, if you would like start collecting offline sponsorship now, you can download a Sponsorship form here.

I registered a team/group for a Games event and I have only received one event sponsorship kit, where are the others?

We’re really sorry to hear that you’ve not received your sponsorship kit(s). To track your delivery and potentially re-order your kit(s) we will need some additional information so that we can identify your order.

Please email your name, address and event entry information (including the name of your team and number of people within it) to www.sportrelief.com/contact-us

Once we receive this information we can inform you of the state of delivery and re-order your kit(s) which will reach you within 2 weeks. If you still haven’t received them by this time do get back in touch.

In the meantime, if you would like start collecting offline sponsorship now, you can download a Sponsorship form here.

I registered for an event but now I cannot make it. Can you change my entry fee to a donation?

I’m sorry you can’t make the event, but unfortunately, as mentioned in our Terms and Conditions, we can’t change your entry fee to a donation. All the entry fees go towards helping us to cover the cost of putting on the Games, any other money raised helps us to transform lives here in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.

I’ve been told that the event I’ve signed up for is cancelled, why is this?

All our local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events (apart from the Flagships) are organised by willing volunteers who donate their time and effort towards planning and organising an event. Occasionally events hit an unforeseeable problem that just cannot be resolved. At this stage we reluctantly must cancel the event.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

What is the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park?

This comprises of the three different events on offer, where you can:

  • Run or walk 1, 3 or 6 miles around the Park.
  • Swim 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km in the London Aquatics Centre.
  • Cycle 3 miles, 25 miles or 50 miles starting and finishing in the Lee Valley VeloPark.

They’ll all be taking place at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 20th March, along with lots of additional entertainment on offer throughout the day.

What time does the Park open?

We are working hard to finalise the details for the opening times for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You need to arrive at least 45 minutes before your start time in order to ensure you get warmed up and to the start area in plenty of time. Keep checking for regular updates about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Are there places to buy food and drink on day, or shall I bring a packed lunch?

There will be lots of places to buy food and drink on the day but feel free to bring your own food too. There will also be lots of entertainment and activities at the Park.

How do I get there by public transport?

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park benefits from some of the best public transport links in London. The nearest station is Stratford and is the easiest way to get to and from the Park. It can take between 20-30 minutes to walk from Stratford Station to the Park entrance so please allow plenty of time to get to the start point for your event. For up to date transport information go to www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner or www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk.

Is there any car parking available at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

As the Park is in a built up area, there is no car-parking available with the exception of Blue Badge parking, which will need to be booked in advance. Click here to find out more and download the Park’s accessibility and facilities map. Everyone who is able should take advantage of the excellent public transport links that serve the Park. For up to date transport information go to www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner or www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk.

Why is The London Mile more expensive than the other Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles?

Your entry fee goes towards helping to cover the costs of putting on the events and organising an event of the scale of The London Mile costs a bit more money so we’ve increased the entry fee to reflect all the extra entertainment on offer on the day.

Can my friends and family watch me take part?

Yes, of course. Feel free to invite your family and friends to make this an unforgettable experience, although make sure you get there early to find a good viewpoint as viewing capacity will be limited at various places owing to crowd control and managed route crossings. You’ll all be able to take in the sights of the famous Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and check points on route that will provide a great opportunity for friends and family to cheer on participants.

 

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile

How do I know whether to do 1, 3 or 6 miles?

To help you get involved, there are three distances up for grabs – all you need to do is decide which one best suits you, your friends or your family.

How will I be able to track if I’m doing 1, 3 or 6 miles?

With people doing different distances it’s important that you arrive 30 minutes before your wave starts (45 minutes if you are attending The London Mile) so that you’re clear about how your route works. Most routes are circular, so just count how many times you go round in order to work out how far you’ve gone.

Will I be running exactly 1, 3, or 6 miles?

Due to the diverse nature of the hundreds of venues across the UK we can’t guarantee that all Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile courses are exactly 1, 3 or 6 miles in length. Nevertheless they will be as close to their distance as possible.

Will there be any changing facilities, parking and showers available at the Local Miles?

There will be different facilities available at each Mile. To check what will be available at your event please check your individual event page on our Sport Relief website

What else will be happening on the day of the Mile?

Each Mile event will have different entertainment depending on the size and location of the event. For more information on your Mile, go to your event at sportrelief.com, we’re updating this as things get confirmed so keep checking our website for the latest information.

Is there a minimum age for someone doing the Mile?

No, we don’t have any age restrictions but we do ask people to be sensible. If you are bringing very young children or prams we ask you to move towards the back of the queue and let faster Milers go off first.

Can children under 16 attend on their own?

Children under the age of 16 are only able to enter the Mile when done as part of a parent or guardian’s entry. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to decide whether a child under 16 is capable of doing the Mile, and the level of supervision necessary.

We would recommend that a responsible adult accompanies a child at all times, as there will be a large number of people there and it could be difficult to find each other if you are separated.

In all cases, children must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend, and an adult’s emergency contact details must be supplied to us.

I want to bring my young children to a Mile event. Do I need to register them?

We are happy for you to bring young children to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile without registering them if you will be carrying or pushing them round the track. However, we require you to register children if they will be taking part in the Mile themselves so we can keep track of the number of people participating whilst ensuring the event doesn’t exceed capacity. If you want to ensure your child receives a medal on the day you might want to register them as we can only guarantee there will be enough medals for everyone registered.

I’m not able to do a Mile event on the Sunday, can I organise my own on another day?

Unfortunately all official Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles have to be organised for Sunday 20th March 2016. If you can’t make the Mile, never fear – there are still plenty of ways to make a difference and get involved in raising money for Sport Relief. You could even put on your own walking event and we have a free downloadable kit to help you do just that. Visit www.sportrelief.com/fundraise for loads of ideas and downloadable tools to help you.

What should I wear for the Mile?

We recommend you wear a good pair of trainers and comfortable clothing but we'd be delighted to see you in fancy dress!

Can I walk/jog rather than run or is it a race?

Yes, of course you can walk or jog. Some people will want to go fast but there will be lots of people jogging and walking. If you want to walk we recommend you head to the back of your wave to allow those running to go off first. Remember it’s supposed to be fun so we aren’t expecting you to race against the other participants.

My start time is much later than the event’s opening time, what time do I have to be there?

Our event opening time is usually the time when the event is open for anyone to arrive; some of the events will have entertainment from that time. But please arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time (45 minutes for the London Mile) in order to ensure you get warmed up and to the start area in plenty of time.

Can I skate/cycle/rollerblade the Mile?

Unfortunately we can’t allow this. We have to consider the safety of all our other participants, some of whom are small children.

I’ve been told that the event I’ve signed up for is cancelled, why is this?

All our local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events (apart from London) are organised by willing volunteers who donate their time and effort towards planning and organising an event and dealing with all the different parties involved. Sometimes it happens that an event hits an unforeseeable problem that just cannot be resolved. At this stage we have to very reluctantly decide to cancel the event. Sometimes our organisers can find a different venue and we can re-open the event at another location close by.

There was a Mile event previously held in X (e.g. Murrayfield) but not this year, why not?

We rely on local people to organise the majority of our events and try very hard to find organisers all over the UK.  The people who are organising our local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles are doing so voluntarily and have to commit a good deal of their own time to make the events successful. Sometimes there just isn't an individual or a club in an area who has the spare time.  If you are interested in organising a Mile event in your community please let us know.

We are adding more events all the time so keep checking www.sportrelief.com/events to find your nearest event.

How much work will it involve to be an event organiser?

It really depends on the number of volunteers you are able to recruit. While you could organise the event on your own, doing it as part of a group will probably be a lot easier, and a lot more fun. It’s absolutely essential to have a gang of willing volunteers to help you out on the day.

Who can help me organise the event?

Anyone. We encourage organisers to speak to local community and sports groups who may be able to help out with the event. Getting an organising committee together will make arranging the event easier and also add to the fun!

How will Sport Relief support event organisers?

We will provide:

  • your own event page on our website for Milers to enter your event with. We will handle the whole entry process so you don’t have to;
  • promotional materials to help you spread the word about the Mile event in your local area;
  • access to an exclusive online area packed full of downloadable tools to help you organise and promote your event;
  • event materials such as medals and water for all of your Milers, Start/Finish banners, and kit for your volunteers;
  • a dedicated member of staff to keep you updated with key information and answer any questions or queries.

Who will take part?

Everyone. The events themselves are all about giving people the chance to set themselves a personal challenge, to raise money and to have fun. Individuals don’t have to be an Olympic Gold Medallist to do a Mile. From running novices to marathon pros - the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will cater for everyone and absolutely anyone can get involved.

Does it have to be open to the public?

Yes. We want as many people as possible to take part. Having more people at the event will add to the fun and won’t make organising it any harder.

How big does my event have to be?

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events will all be different sizes, but we encourage all organisers to plan events that can cater for a minimum of 100-200 participants.

Where can I hold the event?

Anywhere that offers a safe and fun environment along with a suitable route that can accommodate Milers looking to jog, walk or run 1, 3 and 6 miles. Venue considerations should include:

  • its size and how many people it can hold;
  • whether it has an undercover area in case of bad weather;
  • whether there are any toilet and changing facilities;
  • whether there are any car parking facilities;
  • whether the venue is accessible for disabled people and pushchairs;
  • whether it will be available on Sunday 20th March 2016;
  • whether you can use the venue without charge.

How will I benefit from getting involved as an event organiser?

By organising a Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile, you'll help to raise loads of cash to change the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
You may also have the chance to:

  • raise your profile, recruit new members and give your current members a great day out;
  • help to get people in your community more active;
  • showcase your venue;
  • gain positive publicity in your local media using our toolkit. Plus you'll be a part of a huge national event;
  • bring local organisations in your community together;
  • offer staff the opportunity to help organise a major event;
  • promote your club, group, school or company as community-based, inclusive and active in supporting a great cause;
  • help to raise loads of cash to change lives both in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

Do I have to register the event online?

Yes. The first stage application form is pretty simple and covers your contact details, a little bit about you and why you want to organise the event and details of your venue. Apply now.

How come there is a 1, 3 and 6 mile option? Can I just offer one distance?

We will be offering all participants the challenge of doing 1, 3, or 6 miles and so every Mile must offer all three distances. The events themselves are all about giving people the chance to set themselves (or family/friends/colleagues etc.) a personal challenge, to raise money and to have fun; the choice of 1, 3 or 6 miles reflects this challenge.

Is there a deadline for applications?

There isn’t a deadline but applications are required as soon as possible. As we don’t want to have Mile events taking place too close together, the sooner you apply, the more chance you’ll have to secure your local area as we treat all applications on a first come, first served basis.

Can the route be on grass?

Yes, but a solid surface would be preferable as a wet winter could affect your course in March. It is also easier for wheelchairs and pushchairs if the route is as flat and solid as possible. If the route is on grass please check drainage and consider identifying an alternative route that could be used in case of bad weather.

Does it have to be a running event?

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events are specifically based around a sport theme where we invite participants to run or walk the 1, 3 or 6 mile distances. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t organise a different type of event for Sport Relief. We can put you in touch with our Fundraising Team who will provide you with advice on organising alternative events. Get in contact here.

I’ve just received an email telling me that you are not going to support my event, can I talk to someone about it?

I’m sorry to hear that. We have received a tremendous number of applications this year and unfortunately couldn’t support everyone. Also sometimes we have applications from the same area and have to make a difficult decision. Feel free to contact the Events Team.

 

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Cycle

What’s the difference between the Pro-Cycle and the Family Cycle?

The Pro-Cycle will only take place in and around London’s Lee Valley Velopark at distances of 25 or 50 miles. The Family Cycle will take place at all 6 Regional events across the UK: London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich at a distance of 3 miles only.

I can’t get to London to take part in the Pro-Cycle. Can I organise my own event elsewhere?

London is host to the only Pro-Cycle (25 or 50 miles) for the Games but there are 3 mile Family Cycle events taking place at the five Games events in Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich. Alternatively you can create your own cycle, known as a SimplyCycle, in a location of your choice in March up until Sport Relief weekend (18th-20th March), whilst raising money for Sport Relief. This must be completed within one day.

Is there a minimum age for someone doing the Cycle?

To take on the 25 or 50 mile challenges in London you need to be 16 or over to enter. If you’re under 16 and still want to cycle to raise money for Sport Relief you can take part in the 3 mile Family Cycle in London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich, which is open to all ages.

Why can’t Under 16s take part in the 25/50 mile Cycle event?

Comic Relief has chosen to set a minimum participation age for the 25 and 50 Mile Cycle events upon consulting the Non-Competitive Event Guidelines published by British Cycling.

The guidelines state that: “Riders under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is at the organisers’ discretion to set the minimum age of the riders permitted to take part.” It was therefore agreed that it would be very difficult to regulate across the 25 and 50 mile routes to ensure that all 16 and under participants were accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian, and it was best practice to apply a minimum participation age.

What sort of bike do I need?

Road bikes or mountain bikes are suitable for this bike ride, as the route is all on hard surfaces such as roads and paths. There may be some parts where you have to ride on grass. All bikes need to be in good working order and we would recommend that you service your bike before taking part in the event.

Do I need to be an experienced rider?

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Pro-Cycle in London is not a competitive race and times are not recorded. Of course, you might choose to time yourself. You should be a competent cyclist to take part, confident in cycling on open roads with live traffic and have done some training to ensure you can cover the 25 or 50 mile distances. You should be familiar with and obey the Highway code at all times during your ride and follow the instructions of Course Marshals who will ensure you complete the ride as safely as possible. The 3 mile Family Cycle in London, Belfast, Glasgow Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich are on routes closed to other traffic making it perfect for younger children.

Do I have to wear a cycle helmet to take part?

We strongly recommend that all riders wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet. We also recommend you wear a high-visibility jacket or additional reflectors.

We would like to enter the Cycle as a team. Can we do this or does everyone have to register as an individual?

Yes you can. Your group can include your friends, colleagues or whoever you want to take part. During the entry process you can choose to enter as an Individual, a Family, or a Team. If you’re taking part as a family, then you can get sponsored together with a shared online Giving Page. If you’re taking part with friends or colleagues you can set up a Team Giving Page. Here you will each have your own online Giving Page, as well as a shared Team page with a collective team total.

What type of route is it?

The Pro-Cycle route in London is on hard surfaces such as roads and paths but there may be some parts where you have to ride on grass. The routes are on open roads so everyone who takes part needs to be confident cycling on roads. We will put the confirmed cycle route on the website in the New Year. The 3 mile Family Cycle in London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich are on routes closed to other traffic making it perfect for younger children.

What time do I need to turn up?

We advise you arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled start time for the Family Cycle at the Regional Games (45 minutes for the London Cycle) in order to ensure you get warmed up and to the start area in plenty of time.

Is there a route map?

Route maps are only available for the 25 mile and 50 mile Cycle events in London will be available on the website in the New Year.

How long do the different routes take?

The weather and your individual cycling ability will affect the time it takes to complete each route but the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle ride isn’t designed as a race so feel free to do the cycle at a comfortable pace for you. We have estimated that the London 50 mile route can take anywhere between 2 and 8 hours, the 25 mile route between 1 and 4 hours and the London and five Regional Games in Belfast, Glasgow Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich Family Cycle (3 miles) between 15 and 30 minutes.

Can I take part on a handbike?

Yes, as you long as your bike is roadworthy and you feel comfortable taking on the challenge. Please be aware that there will be hills on some routes.

Do all the cyclists start at once?

No, we will stagger start times every fifteen minutes to help prevent congestion on the route.

Can I hire a bike?

There are no facilities to hire bikes for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle. If you do not own a bike and would like to take part in the Cycle then we advise you source a bike from family, friends or a friendly neighbour. Always make sure your bike is road worthy before turning up at the event and, if you’re borrowing one, take it for a test ride before to make sure you’re comfortable riding it.

Why is there no cycle event near me?

There are 6 Regional Family Cycles of 3 miles in London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich and Pro-Cycles of 25 or 50 miles in London. If you are not able to get to any of these do not worry, you can still get your pedal on by signing up to do a SimplyCycle. SimplyCycle allows you to cycle any distances at a location of your choice in March up until Sport Relief weekend (18th-20th March). However you must complete your cycle in one day. Choose this option if you are unable to attend an organised Cycle session.

Alternatively there are are hundreds of Mile and Swimathon events taking place across the country and most likely one not too far from you. To find an event near you please visit www.sportrelief.com/events.

 

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon

Is Swimathon organised by Sport Relief?

No, Swimathon is an annual event organised by The Swimathon Foundation. In 2016, Swimathon is joining forces with Sport Relief as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

What is Swimathon?

Established in 1986, the Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that encourages swimmers up and down the UK to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool and raise money for charity. Over the past 28 years of Swimathon, more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising over £40million for charitable causes. In 2016, Swimathon is joining forces with Sport Relief as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

Where do I get my entry number?

Your entry number will be sent to you within your Confirmation Email, once you have registered for the event. Once registered, you can also find your entry number in your personal pages on the Swimathon website. You will be given a user name on your Sport Relief Giving Page which you can also use to log into your swimmer log in on the Swimathon page.

What is the equivalent of my challenge in pool lengths?

KilometresMilesLengths (25m pool)
1.50.960
2.51.6100
53.1200

 

What are the rules?

The full list of Swimathon rules are listed on the Swimathon website, see the rules click here

Where is Swimathon held?

Swimathon 2016 will be held in over 600 pools across the UK over one weekend. If your local pool is not taking part, you can enter SimplySwim. Whether it’s one of our set distance challenges or a few lengths with your family, SimplySwim lets you set your own distance, choose your own pool and raise money for a challenge the whole family can get involved with between 9th-20th March 2016.

What is SimplySwim?

SimplySwim allows you to swim one of the set distances at any location of your choice between 9th-20th March, however it must be completed in one day. Choose this option if you are unable to attend an organised Swimathon session. This challenge must be completed in one session.

Will I receive a medal?

All swimmers will receive a medal for completing their challenge. Those taking part in an organised Swimathon session will receive their medal immediately after their swim. Those taking part in SimplySwim will be sent a medal via post once you have uploaded your swim time to your Swimathon page.

Is there an age limit?

Swimathon welcomes all ages and abilities. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult to the event. One exception is that under 8s will not be allowed to take part in Swimathon at the London Aquatics Centre.

Will I receive a certificate?

All swimmers will be able to download their personal certificate from their personal pages on the Swimathon website after the event.

How much does it cost to register?

Entry Type*Standard Fee EntryConcession**
Individual 1.5k£12£9
Individual 2.5k£12£9
Individual 5k£12£9
Team 1.5k£26£19.50
Team 5k£26£19.50

* Applies to Distance Challenges and SimplySwim
** Denotes concessionary price for unemployed, under 16s, disabled, full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 years and above. For team concessions, the majority (over half) must fall into one of these categories to qualify for the concessionary price. Teams are not separated into age specific categories.

I can't attend any of the sessions at my local pool, what can I do?

You can still take on one of the specified distances, or a distance of your choice, with SimplySwim. SimplySwim allows you to swim one of the set distances at any location of your choice between 9th-20th March, however it must be completed in one day. Choose this option if you are unable to attend an organised Swimathon session. This challenge must be completed in one session.

How do I edit my registration details?

You can edit your profile (not your challenge) by logging in to your personal pages on the Swimathon website and clicking on the ‘profile’ tab at the top. A menu will appear on the left of the screen where you can edit your details.

Can I change my challenge?

Please contact the Swimathon team on 08453 670 036 or at info@swimathon.org if you wish to change your Swimathon challenge.

What is the maximum number of team members I can have in my team?

Teams consist of 2-5 members. All members must be registered in order to participate and receive their medals and certificates.

How does swimming in a team work on the day of our challenge?

Team challenges are swam in relay format, where one swimmer will enter the pool to swim their share of the distance, before allowing the next team member to do so, and so on. Teams can divide the distances each swimmer takes on how they like, as long as each team member only swims once.

Can I change my individual challenge to a team challenge?

Unfortunately, if you have registered as an individual entry, it is not possible to change this to a team entry. You will need to re-register as a team and contact Swimathon to cancel your individual entry. The same applies if you have registered as a team entry and want to change this to an individual entry. A refund will not be given for your first entry.

Are there any fundraising rewards?

Yes. Fundraise £100+ online on your Sport Relief Giving Page for an exclusive Swimathon 2016 t-shirt or £300+ online for an exclusive Swimathon 2016 t-shirt and towel.

Team fundraising is based on raising an average of £100+ online per team member for t-shirts and an average of £300+ online per team member for t-shirts and towels. Terms and conditions apply.

If I qualify for a reward, when will I receive it?

Rewards will be sent out to swimmers in June.

How is The Swimathon Foundation funded?

The Swimathon Foundation receives 30% of the funds raised by Swimathon participants every year in order to fund its operating expenses including offering Swimathon Foundation Grants to promote swimming participation in the community. The other 70% is used by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.

What is The Swimathon Foundation’s Charity Number?

The Swimathon Foundation is a charity registered at the Charities Commission, no.1123870.

 

Fundraising

How do I get involved in Sport Relief?

The best way to fundraise is to get sponsored to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. But if you can’t make the Games, never fear. There are lots of other ways to get active and raise cash at work, at school, with friends or in your local community.
Get off to a flying start by pre-ordering your Fundraising Kit; it has lots of exciting ideas on how to take part in the fun, at work, individually or with friends and family. From bike rides to bake sales, we’ve got loads of ideas to inspire you and tools to help. Fundraising Kits will be delivered by the end of January 2016. In the meantime, you can receive all the latest Sport Relief news by signing up to our mailing list.

Where can I get hold of a sponsorship form?

Just click on this link to download your sponsorship form for collecting money in person and print it as many times as you like. Don’t forget that you can pay in any cash you have collected into your Sport Relief Giving Page when they are up and running in at the end of November using a credit or debit card.
If you’re under 16, we have special, tailor-made sponsorship form just for you. Grab a grown up and go to sportrelief.com/fundraise to download one.

I’m stuck for Sport Relief fundraising ideas

Check out the fundraising ideas on our fundraise page to inspire you to get started. Otherwise, get off to a flying start by pre-ordering your Fundraising Kit; it has lots of exciting ideas on how to take part in the fun, at work, individually or with friends and family. From bike rides to bake sales, we’ve got loads of ideas to inspire you and tools to help. Fundraising Kits will be delivered by the end of January 2016. In the meantime, you can receive all the latest Sport Relief news by signing up to our mailing list.

I want to fundraise at work – what can I do?

You’ll find loads of fundraising ideas, including ones that are perfect for work on our fundraise page. Otherwise, get off to a flying start by pre-ordering your pre-ordering your Fundraising Kit; it has lots of exciting ideas on how to take part in the fun, at work, individually or with friends and family. Fundraising Kits will be delivered by the end of January 2016. In the meantime, you can receive all the latest Sport Relief news by signing up to our mailing list.

 

Fundraising Kit

How do I get a Sport Relief Fundraising Kit?

If you’re planning your own fundraising, we have a fantastic free Fundraising Kit just for you. It’s bursting with useful bits and bobs to help you make Sport Relief 2016 amazing. Be at the front of the queue to receive your kit by pre-ordering it now. If you’re under 16, please ensure you grab a grown to pre-order your Fundraising Kit.
If you have pre-ordered a Fundraising Kit, it will be posted out to you by the end of January 2016. In the meantime, you can download a sponsorship form to start collecting sponsors now.
If you’re under 16, we have special, tailor-made sponsorship form just for you. Grab a grown up and go to sportrelief.com/fundraise to download one.

When will I receive the Fundraising Kit I have ordered?

If you’ve pre-ordered a Fundraising Kit, it’ll be posted out to you by the end of January 2016.

What’s in the Fundraising Kit?

The Fundraising Kit has got everything you need to raise lots of money for Sport Relief 2016. It includes a fundraising guide packed full of great fundraising ideas and tips, a sponsorship form, an event poster, a sweepstake poster and a giro slip to pay in your fundraising money. If you’ve pre-ordered a Fundraising Kit, it’ll be posted out to you by the end of January 2016. In the meantime, you can download a sponsorship form to start collecting sponsors now.
If you’re under 16, we have special, tailor-made sponsorship form just for you. Grab a grown up and go to sportrelief.com/fundraise to download one.

 

Fundraising agreements

Do I need to register or tell you about my event?

We don’t ask fundraisers to register their events with us, but there are certain circumstances where the law requires you to have a fundraising agreement with us. Have a look at the points below and, if any of them are relevant to your fundraising activity, then please email fundraising@sportrelief.com and we’ll send you an agreement to fill in.

You’ll need an agreement if:

  • You’re raising money for Sport Relief in the course of a business; or
  • You’re deducting costs from the money you raise for Sport Relief; or
  • The money you raise will be split between Sport Relief and another charity.

If you’re not raising money in the course of a business and not making any deductions, and you’re giving all money raised to Sport Relief then you don’t need a fundraising agreement. If you’re not sure whether you need an agreement, or you’d like an agreement anyway (for example if your local authority requires it), please contact us at fundraising@sportrelief.com

We’d love to know what you’re getting up to for Sport Relief so, if you’d like to share your fundraising story with us, email fundraising@sportrelief.com

For handy advice on keeping your event safe and legal, please read our Fundraising Dos and Don'ts.

What is a Fundraising Agreement and do I need one?

There are certain circumstances where the law requires you to have a fundraising agreement with us. Have a look at the points below and, if any of them are relevant to your fundraising activity, then please email fundraising@sportrelief.com and we’ll send you an agreement to fill in.

You’ll need an agreement if:

  • You’re raising money for Sport Relief in the course of a business; or
  • You’re deducting costs from the money you raise for Sport Relief; or
  • The money you raise will be split between Sport Relief and another charity.

If you’re not raising money in the course of a business and not making any deductions, and you’re giving all money raised to Sport Relief then you don’t need a fundraising agreement. If you’re not sure whether you need an agreement, or you’d like an agreement anyway (for example if your local authority requires it), then please contact us at fundraising@sportrelief.com.

Are there any legal dos and don’ts I should consider?

There are, yes. For handy advice on keeping your event safe and legal, please read our Fundraising Dos and Don'ts.

 

Fundraising resources

Where can I get posters and fundraising resources from?

We have a Recruitment Poster ready for you to use right now, along with some other really handy fundraising planning tools on our fundraising page. From January, we’ll have lots more downloadable tools and resources to help you to fundraise such as a poster pack, a ready-made quiz, and a Great Sport Relief Bake Off Kit. In the meantime, head to our fundraising page to get started with your fundraising, and take a look at the downloadable fundraising materials available for you to use now.

We’ve made a ‘Fundraising for Sport Relief 2016’ logo for all of our brilliant fundraisers to use! Just make sure you read the guidelines that come with it too.

Can you send me collection buckets?

As we try to keep our costs as low as possible, we are not able to send out buckets or collection tins to fundraisers. However, we’ve developed a ‘Fundraising for Sport Relief’ logo just for all of our brilliant fundraisers which you are more than welcome to print off and stick onto a collection bucket. Please do follow the accompanying guidelines.

  • Please ensure you have appropriate written permission to collect money in public, from the local council if it’s on a street, or from the owner or manager of the private property.
  • Please also include our official charity line on your bucket or tin which you can copy and paste from below;

© Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales; SC039730 (Scotland).

Can you send me a banner or large posters for my event?

Unfortunately we do not have any banners or flags available to send out to our fundraisers as we must keep costs as low as possible. You can, however, make your own banners and posters using our ‘Fundraising for Sport Relief’ logo. Please follow the guidelines that accompany the logo.

 

Fundraising Support

Can I have some help organising my fundraising activity/event?

As much as we’d love to, unfortunately we don't have the resources to provide individual support to our fundraisers with regard to planning, organising and promoting an event. We’re very happy to offer advice on fundraising ideas, tips to help you reach your target and answer any questions you have regarding methods of fundraising.

The best way to start is to pre-ordering your Fundraising Kit; it has lots of exciting ideas and tips on how to take part in the fun, individually or with friends and family. From bike rides to bake sales, we’ve got loads of ideas to inspire you and tools to help. Fundraising Kits will be delivered by the end of January 2016. In the meantime, you can receive all the latest Sport Relief news by signing up to our mailing list.

You can also check out the fundraising page for some ideas and handy fundraising planning tools. From January, we’ll have lots more downloadable tools and resources to help you to fundraise such as a poster pack, a ready-made quiz, and a Great Sport Relief Bake Off Kit. In the meantime, head to our fundraise page to get started with your fundraising, and take a look at the downloadable fundraising materials available for you to use now.

We’re always looking for fundraisers to appear on our website, in emails and in printed materials in the run up to Sport Relief itself, so if you have any preparation photos that you’d be able to send over, we’d love to see them! Don’t forget to also take photos on the day of your activity and send them over to us to let us know how it all went – we’re really keen to hear about what our fundraisers get up to. Your photos might even be featured in a future campaign to inspire others! We can’t guarantee your story will be used though.

Please do keep in touch at fundraising@sportrelief.com and let us know how your planning is going.

I’m under 16 years old. Can I have some help organising my fundraising activity/event?

As much as we’d love to, unfortunately we don't have the resources to provide individual support to our fundraisers with regard to planning, organising and promoting an event. It’s also very important that your event is safe and legal, that your parent or guardian is aware of your fundraising and you have their permission before you start your planning. We’re very happy to offer advice on fundraising ideas, tips to help you reach your target and answer any questions you have regarding methods of fundraising.

The best way to start is to grab a grown up and pre-ordering your Fundraising Kit; it has lots of exciting ideas and tips on how to take part in the fun, either individually or with friends and family. From bike rides to bake sales, we’ve got loads of ideas to inspire you and tools to help. Fundraising Kits will be sent to you by the end of January 2016.

You can also check out the fundraising page for some ideas and handy fundraising planning tools. From January, we’ll have lots more downloadable tools and resources to help you to fundraise such as a poster pack, a ready-made quiz, and a Great Sport Relief Bake Off Kit. In the meantime, head to our fundraise page to get started with your fundraising, and take a look at the downloadable fundraising materials available for you to use now.

We’re always looking for fundraisers to appear on our website, in emails and in printed materials in the run up to Sport Relief itself, so if you have any preparation photos that you’d be able to send over, we’d love to see them! Don’t forget to grab a grown up and take photos on the day of your activity and ask your parent or guardian to send them over to us to let us know how it all went – we’re really keen to hear about what our fundraisers get up to. Your photos might even be featured in a future campaign to inspire others! We can’t guarantee your story will be used though.

Please do keep in touch at fundraising@sportrelief.com and let us know how your planning is going.

How can I pay in my fundraising money?

There are lots of ways you can pay in the money you have raised for Sport Relief:

1. ONLINE (The fastest, safest and easiest way) – Use your Giving Page to pay in any money you’ve collected in person; go to sportrelief.com/login OR you can pay in with your debit or credit card in a few minutes at sportrelief.com/payin from February. Remember to write your online payment reference on your sponsorship form and send this to the address below so that we can claim Gift Aid on behalf of all of your sponsors.

2. BY POST – Please make cheques or postal orders payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Fundraise)’ and send them to Sport Relief, EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG. This isn’t our office address so unfortunately we won’t receive letters sent there. If you used your sponsorship form, please attach this to your cheques so that we can claim Gift Aid.

3. IN PERSON – You can pay your money in at any high street bank using the Sport Relief giro slip included in your Fundraising Kit if you ordered one, at the Post Office (Freepay Account 6777), or at most building societies. After 18 March giro slips will be available in most high street banks. Please send your paying-in receipt with your sponsorship form to the address above, so we can still claim Gift Aid.

For further details please visit sportrelief.com/payin

On behalf of everyone whose lives your fundraising will change, thank you.

How do I receive a Thank You Certificate or receipt for my fundraising?

We'd love to personally thank each and every one of our wonderful supporters for their fantastic efforts, but to keep our costs as low as possible we only send Thank You Certificates if they’re requested. Our Thank You Certificates act as receipts for our fundraisers so it’s really important that we know how you paid your money in.

There are a number of ways you can let us know you’d like a Thank You Certificate. Please also be aware that our certificates won’t be posted out until a few months after Sport Relief.

  • Fill in your address and tick the 'Thank You Certificate' box on the back of your giro slip when paying in your money. This can be found in your Fundraising Kit if you ordered one. You can also send the giro slip in with your cheque to Sport Relief, EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG.
  • If you’re paying in your fundraising money online or over the counter at a bank, Post Office or building society, please send your receipt to the same address above (indicating you’d like a certificate), and we promise we’ll send your certificate out as soon as we can.
  • Email us at fundraising@sportrelief.com with a copy of your receipt and let us know you’d like one.

 

Merchandise

What is in this year’s merchandise range?

This year the Sport Relief range is bigger and better than ever! You can show your support by wearing the Sport Relief wristband or T-Shirt. There are also lots of new and exciting products in the range this year, with pens, mugs, trolley tokens and even a light up Yo-Yo!

Where and when is Sport Relief 2016 merchandise sold?

You can find the full merchandise range online from mid-January at www.sportrelief.com

You can buy selected goodies from larger Sainsbury’s stores from mid-January, with the whole range rolled out in all stores from 15th February. You can also pick up selected items from your local Ryman and Robert Dyas stores and Oxfam shops from January too – so keep your eyes peeled!

If you’d prefer to shop this year’s range in person, check out your nearest stockists of our Sport Relief goodies here

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Will Comic Relief merchandise be available online all year round?

No. Sport Relief merchandise will be only available for a limited period, from mid-January to March 31st 2016.

How to enter BFPO Addresses

BFPO addresses must be entered into the fields in our online order form in a specific format, as shown below, ensuring that the BFPO number is entered into the postcode field:
Full name: Service Number, Rank, Name
Address line 1: Company
Address line 2: leave field blank
Town/City: Regiment
County: leave field blank
Postcode: BFPO ### (eg: BFPO 123)
Country: United Kingdom
Phone number: enter a contact number, either your own or the recipient's We ask for a contact number in case there's a problem with delivery. If you don't want to enter one, type "N/A" in the relevant box. This will allow you to proceed.

 

Donations

How can I make a donation to Sport Relief 2016?

The easiest way to make your donation is online (using your credit or debit card) here

You can also make a donation in the following ways:

By phone (using your credit or debit card) on 03457 910 910*

*Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

By post – send a cheque or postal order made payable to “Sport Relief 2016” to:
Sport Relief 2016
EY
PO Box 51543
London
SE1 2UG

At the bank – pay your money in using a Sport Relief giro slip. Sport Relief 2016 giro slips will be available behind the counter at most bank branches from 14th March 2016.

At the Post Office – ask to pay your money in to “FreePay Account 6777”, which is the Sport Relief account.

At a building society – just ask to pay your money in to the Sport Relief account.

I live outside the UK. How can I make a donation?

You can make a donation in £Sterling, US$, AUS$ or € online (using your credit or debit card) here.

You can also donate by sending a cheque made payable to “Sport Relief 2016” to:

Sport Relief 2016

EY

PO Box 51543

London

SE1 2UG

Please be aware that if your cheque is drawn in a currency other than £Sterling, the bank may take a commission charge for clearing the cheque, which means Sport Relief may not receive the full value of the cheque.

How long will it take for my cheque to be cashed?

We will cash your cheque as quickly as we can, but please bear with us! As we receive such a huge number of cheques it can take up to six weeks for these to be cashed during our busiest times.

I have a bag full of small change I would like to donate. What shall I do with it?

Count it, bag it and take it to any high street bank, Post Office or building society.

At the bank – pay your money in using a Sport Relief giro slip. Sport Relief 2016 giro slips will be available behind the counter at most bank branches from 14th March 2016.

At the Post Office – ask to pay your money in to “FreePay Account 6777”, which is the Sport Relief account.

At a building society – just ask to pay your money in to the Sport Relief account.

How can I donate from my CAF account?

You can make a donation from your CAF account on the CAF website here.

Alternatively you can send a CAF voucher or cheque made payable to “Sport Relief 2016” to:

Sport Relief 2016

EY

PO Box 51543

London

SE1 2UG

Can I set up a regular payment to Sport Relief?

Thank you so much for considering donating to Sport Relief on a regular basis. You can set up a standing order using our Regular Giving Form, just fill in the Sport Relief ‘Contact Us’ form to request one.

My employer operates a matched giving scheme. Where should I send my matched giving form?

Please send your matched giving form along with your cheque, web payment reference or bank receipt to:

Sport Relief 2016

EY

PO Box 51543

London

SE1 2UG

If you simply require a receipt from Comic Relief in order to apply for Matched Giving from your employer, just fill in the Sport Relief ‘Contact Us’ form to request one, including the payment details, and we’ll send a receipt once the donation has been verified.

 

Gift aid

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a Government scheme that allows charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim back tax on donations from UK taxpayers.

If you say “yes” to Gift Aid when you make your donation to Sport Relief, we can claim an additional 25% of the value of your donation from the Government, which we use to help cover our running costs. It won’t cost you a penny and it means that every pound that you donate can go towards transforming the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

If you’re making a personal donation please give your full name and home address and tick the box or we can’t claim Gift Aid. To say ‘Yes’ to Gift Aid, you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of your donations it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

How can I be sure my donation is eligible for Gift Aid?

By saying “yes” to Gift Aid, you are declaring that you are a UK taxpayer and you will pay more tax to the Government throughout the year than the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs you donate to will claim back. The tax you pay can be Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax at any rate and Gift Aid is currently equal to 25% of your donation.

For example: If you donate £10 and say “yes” to Gift Aid, we can claim £2.50 from the Government. You will need to pay more than £2.50 in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year.

Is sponsorship or fundraising money eligible for Gift Aid?

Yes, as long as we receive a Gift Aid declaration from each eligible person who gave money. The easiest way to collect these is on a Sport Relief sponsorship form which you can download here.

Please send your sponsorship form along with your cheque, web payment reference or bank receipt to:

Sport Relief 2016

EY

PO Box 51543

London

SE1 2UG

Please remember, if you’ve collected money from other people, we aren’t allowed to claim Gift Aid on it in your name.

Is my company donation eligible for Gift Aid?

Gift Aid only applies to personal donations, so your company donation will not be eligible. For a charity to benefit from the tax on a company donation, the donation should be paid gross (without deducting Income Tax). The company can then claim tax relief when calculating its profits for Corporation Tax. For further information, please contact your Tax Office or accountants.

How do I Gift Aid my text donation?

To Gift Aid your text donation, please fill in the form here.

You only need to fill in the form once and it will apply to all text donations you make to Sport Relief 2016 from that phone number.

Where can I get further information about Gift Aid?

For further information about Gift Aid, please see the HM Revenue & Customs website or the Institute of Fundraising website. Alternatively, contact your local Tax Office.

Giving Pages

How do I get sponsored online for Sport Relief?

Sport Relief Giving Pages are a fantastic way to raise money online. They’re safe, secure and, best of all, the money you collect on your Giving Page comes straight to Sport Relief.

How do I set up an online Sport Relief Giving Page?

When you enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games online you’ll automatically be given your very own Sport Relief Giving Page to collect your sponsorship money.

I’m entering someone who’s under 16 into the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, can they have a Sport Relief Giving Page too?

Yes, those aged under 16 can have their own Giving Page and you will be given the option to set them one up as part of their event entry.

If you choose to set up a ‘team’ as part of your Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games entry, and a member of your team is under 16, you’ll be given the choice as to whether or not you want to set them up with an individual under-16 Giving Page when you add each relevant team member to your team. If you choose to take part as a ‘family,’ you will be set up with one shared Giving Page between you all.

Are Sport Relief Giving Pages safe for under-16s to use?

We have created tailor-made Sport Relief Giving Pages for those aged under 16. These pages can’t be found through any search on sportrelief.com, and will not be accessible on any of our fundraiser leaderboards. The parent or guardian’s email address is the only one we ever request or contact. For more information, visit our Online Safety Tips.

My child has set up a Giving Page, how do I access their Giving Page to make sure I’m happy with it?

Whether entering the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games or doing their own fundraising, those aged under 16 are only able to set up a Sport Relief Giving Page with a parent or guardian’s email address at the registration stage. An email will be sent to this address stating that they’ve set up a page, with details of their username and unique Giving Page link. To access their account, go to the log-in page, enter their username and click on the link to reset the password. This will send an email to the parent or guardian’s email address given at registration stage, and enable the parent or guardian to change the password and access the account. Please note, we always ask those aged under 16 to get their parent or guardian’s permission before setting up a Giving Page.

I’ve forgotten my username and/or password, how can I log in?

Please head to the log-in page and click on the link to reset the password. Enter the email address you used to register (or, if you’re under 16, enter the email address of your parent or guardian which was supplied during registration) and an email will be sent to that account, allowing you to change your password.

Can I change my email address and password?

Yes you can. Simply log in to your Sport Relief Giving Page, select the ‘Page Options’ tab and then go to ‘Account settings’. On this page you’ll be able to edit your email address and password. If you’re under 16, you won’t be able to edit your parent or guardian’s email address on this page. However, you can ask your parent or guardian to contact us, if they’d like to change it for you.

How can I find out the link to my Giving Page?

Simply log in to your Giving Page, and select the ‘Page Options’ tab. On this page you will see your unique Giving Page link. If you’re part of a team, click on ‘Page options’ tab followed by ‘Team page options’ to see the unique Giving Page link for your Team page. Please note, your unique Giving Page link is also provided in the confirmation email we send you after you’ve registered for a Giving Page.

I’m having problems loading pictures onto my Giving Page – why is this?

It could be that your pictures are too big – the file should be under 2MB (2000kb = 2MB) and must be in either .jpg, .gif or .png format. File dimensions should be a width of 200px and a height of 200 px. If you’re still experiencing problems, please contact us directly.

How can I edit my personal details?

It’s easy. Just select the ‘Page Options’ tab on your Giving Page followed by ‘Account settings’ on the right hand side. Here, you will be able to edit your email address and phone number as well as your opt-in preferences for email and postal communications from Comic Relief.

How can I edit my fundraising target?

When you’re logged in to your Giving Page, click ‘Edit target’ underneath your current sponsorship total. Alternatively, you can edit your target by clicking on the ‘Page Options’ tab. Please note, if you’re a Team Captain you can edit your own target as well as your Team’s target.

How do I link messages on my Giving Page message wall to Facebook or Twitter?

Select the ‘Get Sponsors’ tab on your Giving Page and choose ‘Set Autoposts’ from the options. You can then personalise your preferences according to which social media sites you wish to post to e.g. Facebook or Twitter. When you get taken through to the social networking sites, make sure you click on the ‘Allow’ button to give the site access to your Giving Page. You can change your preferences at any time by returning to the ‘Set Autoposts’ page. If you’re under 16, you can only link messages to your Facebook account. Follow the above steps to do this. Remember, you must be 13 or over to have a Facebook account and you should check your privacy settings are appropriate before you share anything from your Giving Page.

If you wish to share an individual message wall post to Facebook or Twitter you can do so by clicking the ‘Share post’ link underneath that post.

If you want to share a link to your Giving Page on social media, you can do so by clicking on the social media icons at the top of your Giving Page.

How do I stop my message wall posts linking to my social networks?

You can change this at any time. Just go to the ‘Get Sponsors’ tab and click ‘Set Autoposts’. Untick the social networks that you’d prefer to not automatically link to. This will take effect immediately. You can also stop messages linking to your social networks by switching the social media icons displayed halfway down your Giving Page (on top of your message wall) to ‘Off’.

I sponsored someone online but my name is not showing on their Giving Page?

When you sponsor someone on their Giving Page, there’s a tick-box to determine if you want to be anonymous. If you ticked this box your name will not be shown next to your online donation. Unfortunately this cannot be changed afterwards. If you didn’t get this option, it’s possible that you have instead donated directly to Sport Relief rather than sponsoring someone through their Giving Page. Unfortunately, if this is the case, we cannot move the money to their page, but are very grateful for your contribution and can guarantee it will all count towards the final Sport Relief total.

Can I sponsor someone and remain anonymous?

When you sponsor someone on their Giving Page, there’s a tick-box to determine if you do not want your name to be shown. Tick this if you’d like your sponsorship to remain anonymous on their page.

I don’t live in the UK, can I sponsor someone’s Giving Page?

Currently our Sport Relief Giving Pages don’t take foreign currencies, we hope to offer this soon. However, if you live internationally and have a UK sterling bank account you can use your debit or credit card for this account to sponsor someone, or you can use PayPal for your sponsorship. Please note that only UK tax payers are able to claim Gift Aid.

I donated to someone’s Giving Page, but want my money back, can I get a refund?

We’re unable to offer refunds on donations to Giving Pages. Once donation money is received by us it becomes charity money and, at that point, we’re only permitted to spend it in accordance with our charitable purpose, which is the pursuit of a just world, free from poverty. Please refer to the terms of use where it states: “If you wish to donate to Comic Relief or sponsor anyone raising money for Comic Relief, please note that your donation or sponsorship is non-refundable. If you sponsor someone to do any activity for Comic Relief, your sponsorship is not conditional on the activity being completed”. You can find more information on all of our polices here.

What is a Team Giving Page?

Team Giving Pages are for people who want to join other individuals taking part in the same event as them, in order to fundraise together. A Team page is a collective page which team members’ individual pages all feed into. Fundraisers can see how much they’ve individually raised on their own pages, and then how much their team has raised altogether, on the Team page. You can either ask people to sponsor your own personal page, which will automatically be put towards your team’s fundraising target as well as your own, or ask people to sponsor your team altogether via the sponsorship links on the Team Page.

What’s the difference between a Team Giving Page and a Group or Family Giving Page?

A ‘Group’ or ‘Family’ Giving Page is a single, shared Giving page which a group of people can use to fundraise together. This option is particularly good for families who may not want to set up an individual Giving Page for each member of the family.

A ‘Team’ Giving Page is for people who want to group their fundraising efforts together whilst still having their own individual Giving Page. If you set up a Team Page, each team member will get the option to set up their own individual Giving Page, in addition to the Team page where all the individual fundraising will count towards. This option is particularly good for colleagues or groups of friends who want to spice things up with a bit of friendly competition!

How do I create a Team Giving Page?

When you set up a Giving Page or register for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, you will be asked whether you’re fundraising with others or as part of a team. Those who select these options will be given a Team Giving Page.

If you already have a Sport Relief Giving Page and are not part of a team you can still become a Team Captain and set up a Team Giving Page. You can do this by logging in to your Giving Page, selecting the ‘Team Options’ tab and then clicking ‘Set up your Team Giving Page.’ Once this is complete, you can access your new Team page by clicking the ‘My Team’ tab. If someone already has a Giving Page, they’ll be able to search and join your team providing they’re doing the same event as you.

We don’t permit under-16s to set up a Team or become a Team Captain because we want to keep the online environment as safe as possible.

If you’re taking part in Swimathon, Team Giving Pages are for swimmers completing their challenge as a relay team. Individual swimmers are unable to create or join existing teams for this reason.

How do I join a Team Giving Page?

To join a fundraising Team Giving Page, select the ‘Join a team’ option within the ‘Team Options’ tab on your Giving Page and then search for the Team Captain’s name or the Team name. Please note, fundraisers can only join teams of people doing the same event as themselves. So if you’re taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, then you will only be able to join a team of other fundraisers taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

It is only possible to join one team. If you’re taking part in Swimathon, Team Giving Pages are for swimmers completing their challenge as a relay team. Individual swimmers are unable to create or join existing teams for this reason.

If you’re under 16 and have been set up with your own Giving Page, then your parent/guardian will receive an email notifying them that you’ve joined a team using the email address provided as part of your registration.

How do I add someone to my Team?

If you already have a Sport Relief Giving Page and are the Team Captain, you can add team members by clicking on the ‘My Team’ tab and selecting ‘Add more members’. If you’re taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, and want to do it as a relay, you can add a maximum of five team members.

How do I create or join a Group or Family Giving Page?

You can create a Group or Family Giving Page, and add people to it, when you register and set up your Giving Page. It’s not possible for someone to join a Group or Family Giving Page after it’s been set up.

I’m doing a different event to my friends or family. Can we still fundraise as a team?

Fundraisers can only be in teams of people doing the same type of event as themselves. So, if you’re taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, then you’re only able to be part of a team of other fundraisers that are also taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

If I get sponsored on my Team Giving Page, will the sponsor’s donation count towards my own total?

If someone sponsors you on your individual Giving Page, the amount will count towards your own total as well as your team’s total. However if someone sponsors your Team Giving Page, this won’t count towards any team member’s total, it will only count towards the team’s.

Why doesn’t my Giving Page show up in search results?

If your page is set to ‘hidden’, your Giving Page will not show up in search results on sportrelief.com. To change whether your Giving Page is public or hidden, select the ‘Page Options’ tab at the top of your Giving Page. At the bottom of that page, you can change your privacy settings. Just select your preference, and click ‘Update details’ to register the change. If you’re under 16, your page cannot be set to public and it won’t appear in search results on sportrelief.com. This is because we want to keep the online environment that you’re fundraising in as safe as possible.

Why can’t I click through to a team member’s Giving Page?

If a team member’s Giving Page is set to ‘hidden’, or they’re under 16, you won’t be able to click through to it. To change whether your page is public or hidden, select the ‘Page Options’ tab at the top of your Giving Page. At the bottom of that page, you can change the privacy settings. Just select your preference and click ‘Update’ to register the change. If you’re under 16, your page cannot be set to ‘public’ and it won’t appear in search results on sportrelief.com. This is because we want to keep the online environment that you’re fundraising in as safe as possible.

How do I pay in cash that I’ve collected in person onto my Giving Page?

Very easily. When you’ve logged in to your Giving Page, just click ‘Pay in money’ below your fundraising target. First, record the details of the donation that you would like to pay onto your Giving Page. Then, to pay in, simply select the amount and pay in the money using your credit or debit card and you then keep the cash. This donation will then be added to your Giving Page and will count towards your total. If you’re under 16, please ask a parent or guardian to follow the steps above and pay in the money for you.

What is the difference between ‘banked’ and ‘pending’ money?

Underneath your ‘Fundraising target’ on your Giving Page there is a record of ‘banked’ and ‘pending’ money. ‘Banked’ refers to money that has been paid in online through the Giving Page and has been received by Sport Relief. ‘Pending’ refers to money that has been collected in person and recorded onto the Giving Page by the fundraiser as a way of keeping track of the total amount of money that has been raised. When you’re ready, you can pay in your ‘pending’ money by using a credit or debit card and then keeping the cash. The fundraising money will then automatically be moved from ‘pending’ to ‘banked’. Easy peasy!

How do I promote my Sport Relief Giving Page?

We have created a handy ‘Promote your fundraising’ guide which you can download (from January onwards) by visiting www.sportrelief.com/fundraise. You can also take a look at our Giving Page guide (which you can find by clicking on the ‘Top Tips’ section of your Giving Page), to learn more about how to share your page.

 

 

Broadcast

When is the Sport Relief 2016 show on?

This year’s Sport Relief TV show is on Friday 18th March, from 7pm ‘til late on the BBC.

Who is going to be on the show?

We’re still confirming the line-up for the show. Keep an eye on sportrelief.com to find out all the latest TV news.

I have a great idea for a sketch or TV programme for this year’s campaign – who do I send it to?

The BBC has sole responsibility for TV programming for Sport Relief, so it would be best to contact them directly about your idea.

There are tonnes of other ways that you can get involved; visit our fundraise section at www.sportrelief.com/fundraise where you can get your fundraising off to a flying start with lots of exciting ideas on how to take part and help to change lives here in the UK and abroad.

Can you get a TV crew to cover my event?

The BBC has full editorial control over the TV show so we’re not able to guarantee that any fundraising activity will be filmed.

If you think you’ve got a story that’s worth telling, please email fundraising@sportrelief.com to tell us about it.

Can I get tickets for the show?

Sport Relief is back on Friday 18th March live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and this is your chance to be part of the massive, star-studded night hosted at the Copper Box Arena. You can register for tickets up until Monday 29 February at 11pm via the following link on the BBC’s website: www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/sport_relief_2016.

Tickets are now also on sale for Clash of the Titans through the See Tickets website.

 

Corporate partners

I’m from a company and want to work with Sport Relief 2016, how can I find out more?

Please email our Corporate Fundraising Team at partners@comicrelief.com and they’ll get in touch with you about some brilliant opportunities.

Which companies are partners for Sport Relief 2016?

Sport Relief simply wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the critical support we get from our wonderful corporate partners. They help us produce and sell merchandise, and help us to raise a truly fantastic amount of money. Visit our Partner page http://www.sportrelief.com/partners for more information about our partners and what they’re doing for us this Sport Relief.


Schools and Youth


How can my school get involved in Sport Relief 2016?

There are plenty of ways both students and staff can get involved in Sport Relief 2016. Simply head over to sportrelief.com/schools for ideas, inspiration and teaching resources.

You can order your free Schools Fundraising Event Pack at sportrelief.com/schoolpack or go to sportrelief.com/nurserypack for your free Nurseries Activity Pack. They contain everything you need to make Sport

Relief 2016 a big success.

One of the easiest ways to fundraise is to sell Wristbands at your school using our exclusive scheme, Wristbands for Schools. Wristbands come in boxes of 60 and you pay £18 deposit per box, plus P&P, and the remaining £42 after Sport Relief. You can order online at sportrelief.com/wristbandsforschools.

Can nurseries take part?

Absolutely! There’s a special Nurseries Activity Pack that you can order for free at sportrelief.com/nurseries which is full of great ways for your little ones to get involved in the fun.

This Sport Relief, we’re joining up with Timmy Time to encourage nurseries to ‘Shimmy with Timmy’! You could ask your little ones to take part in a Danceathon and get sponsored or hold a Dance competition that your children pay to enter. Make sure your little ones get involved by putting Friday 18th March in your nursery’s diary and ordering your free pack before they run out.

What is in the Schools Fundraising Resource Pack?

  • A fundraising guide with ideas, tips and inspiration
  • Learning posters that can form the basis of a display or lesson
  • An event poster for the school corridor to promote your Sport Relief event
  • A sweepstake poster for the staffroom
  • Balloons and stickers
  • A sponsorship form to photocopy and hand out
  • A schools giro to pay in your money – if you pay in using this form then your school will receive a thank you certificate for the money raised
  • A form to order Wristbands to sell at school
  • The Primary School Pack also contains a story poster for reception class
  • Bunting template

What is in the Nurseries Activity Pack?

  • A fundraising guide with ideas, tips and inspiration
  • A story poster
  • An event poster
  • A sweepstake poster
  • Balloons and stickers
  • A sponsorship form to photocopy and hand out
  • An nurseries giro to pay in your money – if you pay in using this form then your nursery will receive a thank you certificate for the money raised

Should I order a Nurseries Activity Pack for my reception class?

There’s no need to as our Primary School Fundraising Event Packs have been designed for all primary school children, from reception through to year 6, so they should have everything you need for your Sport Relief activities. You can find even more resources at: http://www.sportrelief.com/primary and http://www.sportrelief.com/nurseries.

We’re an International/Army School, can we take part?

Definitely! We’re always astounded by the fantastic support we get from our friends overseas.

If you’re a British Forces School, you can order your very own free School Fundraising Resource Pack at sportrelief.com/schoolpack where you can also order Wristbands for your school through our exclusive scheme, Wristbands for Schools.

If you’re an International School then you can email us at schools@sportrelief.com to order your free School Fundraising Resource Pack and Wristbands to sell at your school.

All schools and nurseries based in the UK can order packs at sportrelief.com/schoolpack.

Can youth groups get involved in Sport Relief 2016?

Yes, we’d love you to. This year we have an exclusive offer just for Youth Groups.

Like you, we think young people in the UK are amazing. Every Sport Relief, we’re blown away by their levels of enthusiasm and their fantastic fundraising ideas. Which is why, in partnership with Spirit and UnLtd, we’re offering youth groups the chance to set up a Sport Relief social enterprise. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to combine learning business skills with raising money and helping others.

All your group needs to do is come up with an idea that could help your local area and then run it as a Sport Relief fundraising event. It could be a sports skills swap, coaching sessions or a family fun sports day– anything that’s going to make your community smile.

If it’s a success, then your intrepid young social entrepreneurs can apply for a £500 award from UnLtd to carry on their good work. For everything you need to get involved, and to order your FREE youth group fundraising pack head to sportrelief.com/youthgroups.

I’ve ordered a Fundraising Pack for my school/nursery, but it hasn’t arrived yet.

If you ordered before 11th January you should receive your pack before 29th January. After this date, we aim to deliver your pack within seven working days from receipt of order (but please wait an additional two working days before querying your order). If you have still not received your pack please email us at schools@sportrelief.com.

Any orders placed after Sunday 13th March are not guaranteed to be delivered before Sport Relief on Friday 18th March.

We’re having trouble ordering our Pack online.

We’re sorry you have had trouble ordering your pack on our website. Please email us at schools@sportrelief.com with your school’s name, address and which pack you would like to order and we will send a pack out to you.

It would be really helpful to know the details of the problems you had e.g. which browser you are using, and the specific pages you are having trouble with, so that we can resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Do I need to register my event?

Any school, nursery or youth group can get involved in fundraising and there’s no official registration process. Our free Schools Fundraising Event Packs and Nurseries Activity Packs have everything you need to make your Sport Relief a huge success. Order your School Pack at sportrelief.com/schoolspack or your Nurseries Pack at sportrelief.com/nurseries.

And don’t forget to let us know what you’re up to – we love hearing about all your fundraising. If you’ve got any photos or videos then please email them to schools@sportrelief.com or share on social media and we might feature your school, nursery or youth group on our website, with your permission, of course.

Can we have some extra resources for our fundraising?

As much as we’d love to, we just can’t afford to provide extra goodies to all our amazing supporters. So, for Primary Schools our lovely friends at RBS are helping us out by providing free goody bags full of extra posters, stickers and balloons. And for Secondary Schools our brilliant supporters at Dove have provided free goody bags. Please visit sportrelief.com/goodybag to order your free good bag today!

Can we have some Sport Relief medals for our school?

During Sport Relief 2014 we were very lucky to have been given some free medals to give to some of our top supporters. If you would like extra resources for this campaign then please email schools@sportrelief.com and we’ll let you know if and when any are available for Sport Relief 2016.

How can we let you know what we’re doing for Sport Relief?

We’d love to hear what you’re up to for Sport Relief. If you’ve got any photos or videos please email them to schools@sportrelief.com or share on social media using and we might feature your school, nursery or youth group on our website, with your permission, of course.

Are there fundraising tools available to help me organise my Sport Relief event in school?

There are indeed. You can order your free Schools Fundraising Event Pack at sportrelief.com/schoolpack or go to sportrelief.com/nurserypack for your free Nurseries Activity Pack. They contain everything you need to make Sport Relief 2016 a big success. Nurseries can also check out sportrelief.com/nurseries, primary schools can visit sportrelief.com/primary and secondary schools can go to sportrelief.com/secondary for tips and tools to help with your fundraising activities.

One of the easiest ways to fundraise is to sell Wristbands at your school using our exclusive scheme, Wristbands for Schools. Wristbands come in boxes of 60 and you pay £18 deposit per box, plus P&P, and the remaining £42 after Sport Relief. You can order online at sportrelief.com/wristbandsforschools.

Are there learning resources to help me organise my Sport Relief event in school?

Yes, there are. Our Schools Fundraising Event Packs provide your school with a wide variety of fundraising activities and curriculum-linked teaching ideas. They’ll help you teach your pupils about the serious challenges facing children in some of the world’s poorest countries, and how their fundraising can make a difference in the UK and around the world.

You can order your free Schools Fundraising Event Pack at sportrelief.com/schoolpack and order your free Nurseries Activity Pack at sportrelief.com/nurserypack.

The Packs contain a learning poster that you can use in your school or nursery.

We have also created special short films for schools as well as assemblies, lesson plans, tutor time activities and posters, which are all available from sportrelief.com/primarylearning and sportrelief.com/secondarylearning.

Nurseries can go to sportrelief.com/nurseries for activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Can we send in our work from Sport Relief?

Yes! We would love to see your work. Please post any work to:

Schools and Youth
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7TP

What do I do once I’ve held my fundraising event?

The first thing to do after your event is to collect all the money you’ve raised and pay it in.

You can collect the money in a number of ways. You could have a collection bucket at reception or set a date after Sport Relief for your pupils to bring in their fundraising money and ask the class rep to collect it during registration. Always make sure an adult supervises the collection and that the money is kept safe until it’s paid in.

You can pay in using the school or nursery giro slip from your Fundraising Event Pack at the bank, by post or you can pay in online. For more information on how to pay in your money, please visit sportrelief.com/schoolspayin.

We’d also love to know what you got up to. If you’ve got any photos or videos then you can upload them to our showcase from February at sportrelief.com/showcase, email them to schools@sportrelief.com or share on social media and we might feature your school, nursery or youth group on our website, with your permission, of course.

How do we pay in the money our school has raised?

There are three easy ways to pay in the money your school has raised.

  • Online: simply go to sportrelief.com/nurseriespayin
  • By post: fill in the giro slip (in your Schools Fundraising Event Pack) and post it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Schools)’, to Sport Relief 2016 (Schools), EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG
  • t the bank: fill in the giro slip (in your Schools Fundraising Event Pack) and take it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Schools)', to any bank

Remember, paying in using one of these methods is the only way for us to confirm you’re a school and we need to know that to send you a thank you certificate.

For more information on how to pay in your money, please visit sportrelief.com/schoolspayin.

How do we pay in the money our nursery has raised?

There are three easy ways to pay in the money your group has raised.

  • Online: simply go to sportrelief.com/schoolspayin
  • By post: fill in the giro slip (in your Nursery Activity Pack) and post it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Nurseries)', to Sport Relief 2016 (Nurseries), EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG
  • At the bank: fill in the giro slip (in your Nursery Activity Pack) and take it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Nurseries)', to any bank

Remember, paying in using one of these methods is the only way for us to confirm you’re a nursery or early years setting and we need to know that to send you a thank you certificate.

For more information on how to pay in your money, please visit sportrelief.com/schoolspayin.

How do we pay in the money our youth group has raised?

There are three easy ways to pay in the money your youth group has raised.

  • Online: simply go to sportrelief.com/youthgroupspayin
  • By post: you can download a paying in slip from our website at sportrelief.com/youthgroups and post it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Youth Groups)', to Sport Relief 2016 (Youth Groups), Ernst and Young, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG
  • At the bank: fill in a giro slip with your youth group’s name and take it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Youth Groups)', to any bank

I have lost my school/nursery’s giro slip, what should I do?

Please just email us at schools@sportrelief.com using the subject line ‘Lost giro’ and giving your name and school or nursery’s full address and we’ll send you a replacement giro slip as soon as we can.

Remember, paying in using the schools giro is the only way for us to confirm you’re a school and we need to know that to send you a thank you certificate.

Will we receive a 'Thank You' certificate for fundraising?

If you pay in your money online on our schools paying in pages, by post or at the bank using the giro in your Schools Fundraising Event Pack or Nurseries Activity Pack, you will automatically be sent a very well deserved Thank You certificate.

If you haven’t paid in using these methods then you won’t automatically be sent a certificate so make sure you follow our easy guidelines at sportrelief.com/schoolspayin. We promise to send your certificate as soon as we can, but please bear with us as there are so many of you lovely people for us to thank!

We haven’t received our Thank You certificate.

As a charity, we find that the most cost effective way to send out certificates is in batches. Depending on when, and how, your payment was made, this will determine which batch your certificate is in.

If you paid in your school’s money using the schools and nurseries paying in methods found at sportrelief.com/schoolspayin then you should automatically receive a thank you certificate once the money has been received and this information is in our system. If you paid in any other way then please send us a copy of the donation receipt, either by post, email or fax and we will arrange for a certificate to be sent out as soon as possible.

Can someone come and talk at our school?

There is nothing we love more than spending time with our supporters and we’ll always try our best to come along. We do get very busy in the run up to the big day and unfortunately can’t always make every visit. If you could provide us with some details and give us lots of notice then we’ll try our best to visit you.

Can a celebrity come to our school?

All the celebrities that give their time to support Sport Relief do so for free, and when you add up the TV appearances, media interviews, and everything else they do, that’s often a lot of time. Sadly, that means we can’t ask them to attend fundraising events as well – but you could always try asking local celebrities who have an interest in supporting your local area. Good luck!

Can someone come and film our event?

As much as we’d love to be able to attend every event that’s organised for Sport Relief, we simply don’t have the resources.

We would, however, love to know what your school is planning before the event and what you got up to afterwards. Tell us all about your fundraising event and upload your photos and videos by visiting our showcase from February at sportrelief.com/showcase, email schools@sportrelief.com or share on social media and we might feature your school, nursery or youth group on our website, with your permission, of course.

We know that it’s thanks to people like you that Sport Relief is such a success so we’d like to wish you the very best of luck with your school’s fundraising event.

Can we get media coverage?

We can’t promise that your school will have television coverage; however, we do occasionally have opportunities to feature schools that have done something fantastic, fun or quirky in local media. We therefore keep a list of schools that may wish to get media coverage for their events. Although we can’t guarantee that you will get coverage, we can add your school to our list, so if you would like to be included then please let us know by emailing us at schools@sportrelief.com.

We love hearing all about your fundraising efforts and truly appreciate your support - we couldn't do it without you.

We’d love to hear more about what your school is planning before the event and what you got up to afterwards. If you’ve got any photos or videos then you can upload them to our showcase at sportrelief.com/showcase, email them to schools@sportrelief.com or share them on social media and we might feature your school, nursery or youth group on our website, with your permission, of course.

How can I get Wristbands for my school?

Our exclusive Wristbands for Schools scheme is a great way for schools to get their hands on Wristbands. Find out more at sportrelief.com/wristbandsforschools.

There are two ways to order Wristbands through the scheme. You can either order them online with a credit card at sportrelief.com/wristbandsforschools or you can order them with a cheque by downloading the order form from sportrelief.com/wristbandsforschools, printing and posting to the address on the form.

Please remember though, if you’re ordering Wristbands for nurseries, they are not suitable for children under three.

What is Wristbands for Schools?

Wristbands for Schools is an exclusive scheme designed just for schools. It means that you can buy boxes of 60 Wristbands to sell in your school, paying just v£18 per box upfront and the remaining £42 after Sport Relief, along with the rest of your fundraising monies.

It’s one of the easiest and most popular ways to kick off your fundraising activities. Find out more sportrelief.com/wristbandsforschools.

How much does a Wristband cost through Wristbands for Schools?

Wristbands are £1 each. In shops, you have to pay the whole £1 upfront, but with Wristbands for Schools, you pay 30p per Wristband upfront and the remaining 70p after Sport Relief. There’s a charge for postage and packaging on top.

How much money from the sale of a Wristband goes to Comic Relief?

A minimum of 50p per Wristband goes to Comic Relief.

How much is processing, postage and packaging for Wristbands for Schools?

The postage and packaging costs for Wristbands for Schools are:

1 to 2 boxes: £5

3 to 4 boxes: £8

5 to 6 boxes: £10

7 or more boxes: £15

When do I have to pay the balance?

Please send in the balance, along with any other money you have raised, as soon as you can after Sport Relief. Cheques should be made payable to: ‘Wristbands for Schools’ and sent, along with the remittance slip that comes in the box of Wristbands, to Freepost Plus RTLX-CKSR-SBGH, ‘Sport Relief Schools Stuff’, Barberton House, Farndon Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9NR.

What is the latest date I can order my Wristbands for Schools?

Wristbands for Schools closes on Friday 11th March, unless we sell out earlier.

When will my order of Wristbands arrive?

Wristbands ordered before 29th January 2016 should be delivered by 12th February 2016. After this date, you should allow 10 working days for orders to arrive.

Wristbands for Schools closes on Friday 11th March. Order forms received after this date will not be processed and your cheque will not be cashed.

All orders are subject to availability.

I’ve ordered Wristbands for Schools but they haven’t arrived yet.

Wristbands ordered before 29th January 2016 should be delivered by 12th February 2016. After this date, you should allow 10 working days for orders to arrive. If you have still not received your Wristbands after this time, please email us at: depositscheme@sportrelief.com.

Can I buy any other merchandise through the Schools Deposit Scheme?

Yes, this year we are very pleased to announce that schools can also purchase a box of Softballs to sell at school. These can be ordered online at sportrelief.com/softballs. You can buy boxes of 60 Softballs to sell in your school, paying just £18 per box upfront and the remaining £42 after Sport Relief, along with the rest of your fundraising monies.

Softballs ordered before 29th January 2016 should be delivered by 12th February 2016. After this date, you should allow 10 working days for orders to arrive.

The scheme closes on Friday 11th March. Order forms received after this date will not be processed and your cheque will not be cashed.

All orders are subject to availability.

Why can’t I buy Sweatbands, Socks or Headbands on a deposit-scheme basis?

We really wish we could, but unfortunately, it would simply be too difficult and cost too much for us to run this scheme for products other than the Wristband.

What do we do with any unsold Wristbands?

We regret that we cannot refund deposits or take back unsold Wristbands and therefore we still need you to pay the remaining 70p per Wristband, for all Wristbands ordered. This is why it’s important you only order as many Wristbands as your pupils will buy.

Wristbands must only be sold for Sport Relief 2016. If you have any Wristbands left over, they are of course your school’s to do with as you wish. Please dispose of any unsold Wristbands so they cannot be reused.


Youth Groups

Can youth groups get involved in Sport Relief 2016?

Yes, we’d love you to. This year we have an exclusive scheme for Youth Groups.

Like you, we think young people in the UK are amazing. Every Sport Relief, we’re blown away by their levels of enthusiasm and their fantastic fundraising ideas. Which is why, in partnership with Spirit and UnLtd, we’re offering youth groups the chance to set up a Sport Relief social enterprise. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to combine learning business skills with raising money and helping others.

All your group needs to do is come up with an idea that could help your local area and then run it as a Sport Relief fundraising event. It could be a sports skills swap, coaching sessions or a family fun sports day– anything that’s going to make your community smile.

If it’s a success, then your intrepid young social entrepreneurs can apply for a £500 award from UnLtd to carry on their good work. For everything you need to get involved, and to order your FREE youth group fundraising pack head to sportrelief.com/youthgroups.

I have ordered a fundraising pack for my Youth Group but it hasn’t arrived yet.

Don’t panic! Packs will be delivered from late January onwards, giving you plenty of time to get ready for Sport Relief 2016. You should receive your pack within 10 working days of your order being received.

How do I pay in the money my Youth Group has raised for Sport Relief?

There are three easy ways to pay in the money your youth group has raised.

  • Online: simply go to sportrelief.com/youthgroupspayin
  • By post: you can download a paying in slip from our website at sportrelief.com/youthgroups and post it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Youth Groups)', to Sport Relief 2016 (Youth Groups), Ernst and Young, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG
  • At the bank: fill in a giro slip with your youth group’s name and take it, along with your cheque made payable to ‘Sport Relief 2016 (Youth Groups)', to any bank

If you have misplaced the giro from your Youth Group Fundraising Pack, please just email us giro@sportrelief.com with your group’s name and address and we will pop one in the post for you.

I have a question – who should I ask?

Just drop us an email to youthgroups@sportrelief.com and we will help in any way that we can.


Fitbit


Win 1 of 10 Fitbit Surges FAQs

What is the prize?

Each prize consists of one Fitbit Surge™ Fitness Super Watch (RRP £199.99). With built-in GPS, continuous heart rate, activity tracking, text and call notifications, music control and more – train smarter with Surge.


Who is eligible to go into the draw?

Any UK resident, aged 16 and over, who completes registration for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games events between midday 26th February and midnight 14th March.


When is the prize drawn?

Winners are drawn at random by 18th March.


How are the winners notified?

Winners will be contacted by email by 18th March. This does not constitute an opt-in to receive marketing materials.


How do I claim my prize?

Winners should respond by email or phone with their delivery address to claim their prize. If we cannot contact each winner after fourteen days, we may award the prize to another entry drawn at random.


How do I get my Fitbit?

Winners will receive their Fitbit Surge™ Fitness Super Watch by mail to their nominated delivery address.



Fitbit 20% Off FAQs


How do I know if I’m eligible for this discount?

If you’re a UK resident, aged 16 and over who entered an event in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games between 24th – 30th November you are eligible to receive 20% off Fitbit. If you entered your email contact details when signing up to the Games, you will have received an email by the 9th December with instructions to redeem this discount.

How do I redeem the 20% Off Fitbit offer?

1. Get your voucher code
Each person who has qualified for the 20% Off Fitbit offer has been issued an individual Fitbit voucher code which is the last seven digits of your ‘Official Games Number’.

You can find your ‘Official Games Number’ detailed in the confirmation email sent to you after you completed registration and also on your Sport Relief Giving Page.

If you are registered as part of a family group but were not the person who completed the entry process, you will need to receive this information from the group captain.

2. Access the Sport Relief Fitbit online store
This is a special Fitbit online store for Sport Relief VIPs. You will not be able to use your voucher code on the standard Fitbit website or through any other retailers.

3. Shop
There’s a great range of Fitbit activity trackers available to choose from. Add products to your cart and the 20% off discount will be applied automatically. Make sure you add all the items you want to buy in the same transaction as your discount can only be used for one purchase.

4. Enter your details
Enter payment, shipping and contact info and click ‘Next’.

5. Review and place your order
Check that all your details are correct and click ‘Place Order’ to confirm.

6. Receive purchase confirmation
Your Fitbit products will be on their way soon and you can start training to do yourself proud for Sport Relief!


When will I be able to redeem 20% off Fitbit?

Your voucher code is valid from 7th December until 10th January 2015.

What is my voucher code?

Your individual voucher code is the last seven digital of your ‘Official Games Number’.

Where can I find my ‘Official Games Number’?

You can find your ‘Official Games Number’ in the registration confirmation email you received when you entered the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

You can also find your ‘Official Games Number’ on your Giving Page.. If you entered the Games as a part of a team and haven’t activated your Giving Page yet, please do this to access your ‘Official Games Number’.

If you are registered as part of a family group but were not the person who completed the entry process, you will need to receive this information from the group captain.

I tried to use my voucher code on the Fitbit website but it wasn’t accepted, what should I do?

Check that you’re shopping on the Sport Relief Fitbit online store, you will not be able to use your voucher code on the standard Fitbit website or through any other retailers.

If your voucher code isn’t working in the Sport Relief Fitbit online store it may be because you are not entering your code correctly. Your ‘Official Games Number’ will be in a format similar to ‘3-B-0100001’, please enter the last seven numbers as your voucher code (in this example you would enter ‘0100001’).

Your ‘Official Games Number’ will only be accepted as a voucher code if you entered an event in the Games during the promotion period (24 – 30 November). Please check the date you entered the Games, if it was during this period please contact us.

If you entered the Games at any other time outside this period you are not eligible for the discount. Entrants under the age of 16 are also ineligible for the discount so their ‘Official Games Number’ will not be accepted as a voucher code.