3,000 Squats in August FAQs

This event is free for anyone to take part. Get involved and you'll be sent your free t-shirt when you've signed up and created your Facebook fundraiser or JustGiving page.

Firstly, join our Facebook Group and complete this short form to join.

Registration for this event will close on 31 July. Please sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you're not able or would prefer not to create an online fundraising page, you can make use of a good old fashioned sponsorship form.


Paying by cheque

Collect any donations, then pay them to us by sending a cheque made payable to BLUE CROSS and addressed FAO: Community & Events, Blue Cross, Shilton Road, OX18 4PF.

Please include a note to say the money was raised for the 3,000 Squats in August Challenge so we know how it was raised.


Paying by bank transfer

You can email [email protected] to arrange a bank transfer.

Once you have set up your Facebook fundraiser, click ‘edit’ or ‘manage’ – here you can change anything you want to from the name of your page to the amount you’d like to raise.

All sponsorship will come directly to us. You don't have to worry about this as it happens automatically.

Once you've created your fundraising page and completed this short form , your free 3,000 Squats in August Challenge t-shirt will be sent to you. You can either get your fundraiser started by donating yourself or you can get a friend, family member or colleague to donate to your page.

Please allow up to 10 days for your free t-shirt to arrive due to potential delays.

To get a free t-shirt, each person taking part needs to register under their own name and set up either a Facebook fundraiser or JustGiving page. Once this is done, we'll send a t-shirt to the person who registered and set up the fundraiser.

We understand that some people may want to take part as a team, register under one name and set up one Facebook fundraiser for the whole team to use. In this instance you’ll only be able to receive one free t-shirt.

No. You can take part if you’re ten or 110! But if you’re under 18, you’ll need a parent or guardian to agree that you can take part. By completing this form you are agreeing that if you are under the age of 18 you have told your parent or guardian that you are fundraising for Blue Cross and they have agreed that this is okay.

You can take part however you like. This challenge can be completed alone, with your household, even virtually with friends and family!

You can do as many or as few squats a day as you like, there’s no minimum or maximum limit, in fact you may even choose to take day off – all we ask is that you complete the 3,000 target within in the month of August.

Join our Facebook group and complete this short form to begin!

You can download our handy Squats Tracker to print and use to keep on track with your progress. Posting photos of your filled in tracker, along with pictures or videos of you doing your squats is a great way to promote your progress and share your successes with family and friends, which will also increase your fundraising. Don’t forget to post your progress in the Facebook group too!

You don’t have to prove this but we recommend that you post pictures and updates on your fundraising page with your daily or weekly squat count so your friends and family can see your progress. Don’t forget to post your tracker progress in the Facebook group too!

We only ask that you raise as much as you’re able. Facebook will automatically set the target on your page at £150, which could fund vaccinations for ten cats, provide flea and worming treatment for thirteen rabbits or fund a vet check and neuter for one dog.

Here are some tips for how you can get your first donation and continue to receive more:

  • Share your fundraiser on all your social platforms, with your colleagues, friends and family
  • Invite people to your fundraiser using the invite button at the top of your fundraising page
  • Donate to your own fundraiser to get it off the mark

There are a few key things you can do to make the most of your fundraising page, including:


Share your fundraiser

At the top of your Fundraising Page, you'll see a button which says  ’share‘, click on that and follow the steps to post it to your Facebook page. You can also copy and paste the link (URL) to share it on email, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, or any other social platforms to ask for donations from specific friends, family or colleagues.


Tell your story

Tell your supporters why you are taking part in the challenge and what a difference their donations will make to Blue Cross and the pets and people we support.


Post photos and content

Keep everyone updated. Try to share regular updates and progress pictures on your fundraising page and on your main social media accounts. Your supporters will enjoy sharing your journey with you and want to know how you’re getting on. Don’t forget to include with the link to your fundraising page people will likely see how amazing you're doing and donate to show their support.

You could post photos of your tracker with daily or weekly updates or post photo and videos of you doing some squats.

Why not share a photo of you in your free t-shirt too?


Match funding

Ask your workplace if they can match fund your fundraising total as this will really help to maximise vital funds.


Other hints and tips

Increase your target by £100 whenever you're within £50 of reaching it as people are more likely to donate to help you reach your target.

Are you a member of other Facebook groups? Share your Fundraiser in those groups and let people know why you are fundraising.

Can't find the answer to your question?

Email us at [email protected]

— Page last updated 21/06/2021