What is the Walk in Her Name Step Challenge?
It’s a virtual step challenge where you complete 295,000 steps during the month of May, one for every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer globally each year. Throughout May, walk, run, dance or jump your steps and record your progress on your online fundraising page. Get sponsored for your achievements, raise funds for the next generation of ovarian cancer research and save lives.
How does the government guidance on social distancing affect my challenge?
We all should only be leaving the house for essential reasons or to exercise once a day. If you’re exercising outdoors, only do so alone or with members of your household. Make sure you keep 2 metres away from others at all times. We have lots of ideas for completing your challenge safely within the government guidelines, here.
View the government’s full guidance here.
Is there a fee to take part ?
No, it's completely free to take part.
Can I do it as a group?
Yes! But always within the government guidelines on social distancing.
You can create a virtual team and stay connected with friends, family or colleagues. Your team can compete to see who takes the most steps, or combine your efforts to collectively reach the 295,000 steps target.
If you’re taking part as a solo challenge, you can still connect with our step challenge community by joining our Facebook group or sharing your progress using the #stepforeverywoman. We love to see how you’re doing!
How can I complete my 295,000 steps?
However, you like! (always following the government guidelines on social distancing). You can walk, run, dance, climb stairs, or jump around the garden. Whatever works best for you.
If you complete 10,000 steps a day in May, you’ll reach 295,000 steps. We have lots more ideas for you here. You can complete the 295,000 steps as a personal challenge, create a team and compete to see who achieves the most steps or combine your team’s efforts to collectively reach 295,000 steps.
Do I have to complete steps every day?
No, you don’t have to. Complete your steps however and whenever you want to during May.You can complete 295,000 steps by doing 10,000 steps a day but there’s lots of other ways to complete the challenge.
It’s your challenge so take things at your own pace, have a rest day when you need to. Or why not get a little help from your friends?
Create a virtual team and complete 295,000 steps as a group throughout the month.
How much do I need to raise?
We’re asking you to aim to raise £295 to fund the next generation of ovarian cancer research, but anything you can raise will make a huge difference. If you raise £10 a day you will reach your target. See our Tips and Resources section for lots of fundraising ideas.
How can I raise funds?
Share your fundraising page with friends and family to let them know that you're taking part and the difference their donations can make. We've gathered some fundraising tips and ideas for in our Tips and Resources section.
How do my funds reach the charity?
All the money you raise on your online fundraising page is transferred automatically to us. If you raise funds offline, you can send a cheque to our office: Ovarian Cancer Action, 8 - 10 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0JH. If you do this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know as we’re not able to check our post as regularly as usual.
I'm taking part as a team, how much do I need to raise?
Every step and every donation helps move research forward, so we’re grateful for however much you raise. You could ask each member of your team to raise £295, or set a collective fundraising target. Be bold and aim high, we know you can do it and we’re here to support you throughout the month.
Tracking my steps
How can I track my steps?
You can use a fitness tracker like a Fitbit or Apple watch. You can also use apps like Strava, Google Fit and Mapmyfitness, there are lots of free options out there which you can download on a smartphone. Sync the app with your fundraising page or enter your steps onto your page manually.
I don't have a fitbit or fitness app, how can I track my steps?
You can use a pedometer and manually input your steps by logging in to your fundraising page.