Step Up for CLAPA

Two women and a young boy are smiling on a footpath wearing blue CLAPA t shirts. all are wearing blue CLAPA t shirts.

This Awareness Week, get involved and step up for CLAPA with this feel-good fundraising challenge!

With sign-ups opening on Friday 23rd April, now is the perfect time to get ready and start planning your challenge! Wherever you are, whatever the weather, you can show your support for our work by lacing up your trainers and getting your steps in.

Getting Started

  1. Plan a target. How long do you want to challenge yourself for, and how many steps will you try to hit? You could decide on a big target for Awareness Week (like 100k steps between the 8th – 16th of May) or a daily target (like 15k steps a day throughout May). You could even do the challenge as a family or group of friends and add up your step counts to a group target! Even just 10 minutes of walking a day has a positive impact on your health, but whatever your target, make sure it’s right for your ability and fitness level and is achievable within any local restrictions and safety measures.
  2. Sign up! Sign-ups are opening very soon on Friday 23rd April so keep an eye out for more announcements! When you sign up, you’ll receive a fundraising pack from us with your very own CLAPA t-shirt, CLAPA wristbands, and other items to help you spread the word about cleft and CLAPA.
  3. Set up your fundraising page. We’ve got loads of tips on the ‘Get Started‘ section of our website on how to fundraise through Just Giving and Facebook, and our fundraising team will be on hand to help you. Upload a snap of you in your CLAPA t-shirt to make it pop, and make sure you tell everyone about why you’re fundraising for CLAPA. This is a great way to talk about your cleft journey so far and to explain what this year’s Awareness Week theme (celebrating difference) means to you. Check out our storytelling tips here.
  4. Get stepping. Rack up your step count, and post daily or weekly screenshots, photos or even just text updates on your fundraising page to show everyone you’re sticking to your targets. Updating regularly like this will mean people are more likely to donate and will learn even more about cleft and CLAPA while they do so.
  5. Celebrate! Marvel at how far you’ve come and send out a big thank you to everyone who donated to your fundraiser. This is a great time to remind them all why you decided to do this in the first place and educate your friends and family about cleft lip and palate. When you’ve completed your fundraiser, we’ll send you a CLAPA medal in the post!

Top Tips to Up Your Step Count

  • Walk on the spot while brewing a cuppa, brushing your teeth or doing the dishes – you’ll be amazed at how quickly it adds up!
  • Get out for a lunchtime stroll, and change up the route to keep it interesting. As long as you’re keeping a safe distance from others, it’s a great chance to take the ‘wrong way’ home and explore your local area a little.
  • Need to make a phone call? Do it on the move, whether it’s around the park, garden or living room.
  • Driving to the supermarket? Park a little further away than usual and use the extra distance to stretch your legs.

Other ways to Step Up for CLAPA

If step count challenges aren’t for you, there are lots of other ways you can ‘step up’ and raise funds for CLAPA at home, helping us to be there for everyone who needs us around the UK. Check out our Get Inspired portal for more information and to read lots of brilliant and inspiring fundraising stories from the CLAPA community.

Our friendly fundraising team are also on hand to help think up ideas, so send them an email at [email protected] to chat through all the ways you can make a difference this Awareness Week.

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