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FAQs

Your 27 27 questions answered

We can't wait to have you as part of the team

We've collected the most commonly asked questions below for anything you would like to know about 27 27 and how to get going with your challenge. When you're ready to join us, please register for the challenge below.

If there are any questions which have not been answered please drop us an email to [email protected]

Register for the 27 27 challenge now

Registration

You'll be sent a link to a digital Getting Started Guide when you register. You can also access the Guide at any time here.

27 27 is free to sign up to, you’ll then raise donations as part of the challenge. We’ve set fundraising goals for you with some rewards for hitting certain milestones at £27 and £127 raised.

27 27 is open to anybody who is 16 or over. If you are under 16 and still want to take part, please ask a parent or guardian to get in touch with us: [email protected]

 

Yes, so long as you are aged 16 or over, 27 27 is open to anybody. If you are under 16 and still want to take part, please ask a parent or guardian to get in touch with us on [email protected]

When signing up, you’ll be given the option to choose which university you’re studying at in order for your fundraising to count towards your university’s joint total and ranking position on our leader boards.

If your place of study doesn’t appear on the list, you can still take part by joining in as a general supporter of Mind, sixth former or school pupil.

If you think we've missed your university off our list, please drop us an email at [email protected] and we will get your uni added in.

27 27 is all about taking on a challenge in solidarity with the 27% of us who report a mental health problem while studying. People who are not students can still take part, please bear in mind that a lot of our support is geared towards our student audience.

Registrations open on 27 January and will remain open until the first week of March.

You will receive your t-shirt within ten working days of receiving your first donation to your fundraising page. Please take this into consideration and start fundraising early if you would like your t-shirt for the first day of the challenge.

Once you receive your first donation on your GivePenny fundraising page, we will send you a free 27 27 t-shirt to the address you signed up with. Please allow up to 10 working days from your first donation for this to arrive.

If your t-shirt still hasn’t arrived ten working days after your first donation, please let us know, send an email to [email protected]. Please also include your postal address.

Anybody who raises over £27 will receive a 27 27 medal, as a special thank for taking part. These will be with you a few weeks after the challenge has ended.

If you’ve not received yours by the 7 May please send us an email explaining this to [email protected] along with your postal address.

Groups

We will send a t-shirt to everyone who registers once they receive their first donation as well as a medal after the challenge has finished and you’ve reached a £27 target.

If you are fundraising with someone else and the fundraising page is in their name, you will not automatically receive a t-shirt or medal, so please email us at [email protected] so we can organise this.

You're welcome to take part with friends or housemates, but please only do this within the latest government guidelines on coronavirus restrictions and social distancing.

Each person in your team should register separately to ensure you all get materials such as t-shirts and medals. Unfortunately it's not possible to link up individual's pages into a smaller group.

When signing up, you’ll be given the option to select which university you’re studying at in order for your fundraising to count towards their joint total and ranking position on our leader boards.

Each person in your team should register separately. Find out more here.

If you decide to share your individual page with a team member, you will need to contact us at [email protected] in order to organise additional t-shirts once you’ve  started to receive donations.

Fundraising

If this is your first time fundraising for a charity, we’ll support you to achieve your 27 27 goals. We send out weekly emails which include fundraising tips, so look out for these. If you’ve not yet received them, please check your junk folder. If you still can’t find any emails from us since signing up, let us know by contacting [email protected].

Online fundraising is the easiest way to fundraise, and we recommend using GivePenny to get the best 27 27 experience. You can set up a page when you sign up here.

We are extremely grateful for however much you can raise for Mind, but we have set some goals and rewards to inspire you to hit your fundraising potential and help even more people with mental health problems.

When registering and creating a fundraising page, your target will be automatically set to £127. Everyone who raises £127 or more will receive a medal, along with an exclusive bonus reward.

If you don't raise £127 you will still be able to take part and will receive a medal at the end of the challenge after hitting your £27 milestone. We encourage everyone to raise as much as they can.

Due to Coronavirus and national lockdown rules, we recommend that you only fundraise through the online giving page, GivePenny. You can sign up here.

27 27 is a bespoke event created by national Mind and all donations will go directly to national Mind.

We understand that the difference between national and local Minds often causes confusion and that many people are not aware of our federated structure.

We at national Mind are a separate charity from the local Mind organisations, and while we have similar aims and values, we fulfil slightly different roles. We provide the nationwide information services, an Infoline, and campaign nationally for support and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. This structure allows the local Minds to work on front line services specifically for the communities that they work with.

We're so grateful for the generosity and efforts of all our supporters and we'll spend your donations responsibly, so that together, we can continue to provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

The money donated through fundraising events will be spent where needed the most. For example, campaigning for better mental health provisions or running our mental health services. You can find out more here.

The Challenge Itself

We encourage you to run your 27 miles your own way, at your own pace and in your own time. Some students may prefer to run one mile a day, whereas others may prefer less runs but longer distances.

If you’re new to running or could benefit from more structure, please see our running guide for 27 27.

Hayley, our Head of Physical Activity at Mind, has compiled our Guide to Completing 27 27. You can find that here.

Apps like Strava are a useful tool for tracking runs and you can link your Strava account to your fundraising page. You can find out how to do that here.

A very rough, tech-free way to track your miles is to remember that running a mile can take on average of between 10-12 minutes. This will depend on your terrain and running experience, so do not worry if it takes longer.

There are a number of ways that you can still take part if you would not like to run, such as  walking or cycling instead, or completing 27 reps of a certain exercise eachday.

Although we are apart, everyone taking part in the 27 27 challenge is sending a clear message: it’s time to take our mental health seriously, and we won’t give up until everyone with a mental health problem gets the support they need.

You can join the 27 27 Facebook group, which is for people taking part. The group is open now and a great place to connect with your fellow challengers.

Share your photos and stories on social media and use the hashtag #2727challenge to connect with others who are doing the challenge. Be sure to use our special GIFs too by searching 'Mind Charity' in the GIF bar on Instagram Stories (also works on Facebook Stories, Snapchat and TikTok). Also feel free to tag Mind in your posts so we can see how you’re doing:

Facebook: @mindforbettermentalhealth

Twitter: @mindcharity

Instagram: @mindcharity

The 27 days of 27 27 begins on 1 March until 27 March. While you can complete all your miles in that time, we understand that’s not always possible.

It is important that you stay up to date and follow the UK Government guidance, including from devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when undergoing your challenge.

Restrictions and advice are likely to change over a period of time so in order to ensure you are remaining safe for yourself and other people we advise that you keep up-to-date with announcements and apply any new requirements and limitations to your fundraising.

Please consider carefully whether you wish to take on the challenge if you may be in vulnerable circumstances or be at higher risk from Coronavirus. Your safety is of the most importance.

We’re here to support you every step of the way with 27 27. If your question has not been answered, please email us at [email protected]. Please bear in mind that we may take up to 5 working days to respond.

If you're looking for mental health support, see our pages on student mental health for more information.

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