Before Covid-19, you might have planned a May Day bank holiday filled with outside fun, family and friends. Although plans might have changed, we’ve got a great idea how you can spend your weekend outside, with your children, having fun whilst doing good! Your children might be familiar with the Daily Mile, an in-school initiative to encourage pupils to take steps up to a mile every day, keeping fit and active. So, we think, organising a “May Mini Mile” in aid of Grief Encounter is a fabulous way to keep children busy in the run up to, and over, the bank holiday weekend.
Whether you are a family, a school, or a community group, thank you for your help to encourage as many children and families as possible across the country to come together on Sunday 24thMay to take part in a May Mini Mile in aid of Grief Encounter.
In these challenging times for bereaved children, young people and UK charities, your support is greatly appreciated. By helping us raise vital funds, you will enable us to reach and help even more families struggling with the trauma of grief, and those bereaved suddenly and traumatically as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
This information pack will help you plan and set up your event. We hope you have lots of fun and can’t wait to see your photos online! Grief Encounter_May Mini Mile_HowTo Guide
Planning your event
Encourage your Mini Milers to get involved with planning their event. Things to discuss together:
- The Course – How far is a mile? How do we measure out a mile around the house and garden, or if you can do it safely, your local park? Can you draw a map of the course? TOP TIP – Why not incorporate the stairs – 3,727 steps equate to about 1 mile!
- Your Role – Who in the family is in charge of keeping track of laps completed around the course? Who will be head of refreshments, giving out yummy Jelly Babies for an energy boost, or organising Cheer Points to encourage Mini Milers to keep going! How about designating a younger sibling to mark out the finish lane tape, so you can smash through at the end of the course.
- Donations – How are you going to hit your fundraising target? Who might support you? How are you going to let people know what you are doing?
You could set up an online giving page and set yourself a fundraising goal! Encourage children to agree the amount of money they would like to raise and the value of those donations. No matter how big or small, every donation can help us reach more families who need our support.
£5 pays for a confidential call to our Helpline, providing immediate support
£50 pays for 1 family to attend a ‘Fun Day’, a chance to make new memories
£100 provides a Grief Relief Kit for one family, with professional resources and books.
Another way to donate could be to ask friends and family to donate £5 by texting LOSS to 70660.
Below are a few ideas to help encourage donations:
Fancy Dress – Why not make this challenge more fun with fancy dress! Let your Mini Miler dress up as their favourite superhero, or another costume, to encourage more donations.
Jog/Run/Skip/Walk/Hop – Whatever your age, ability or fitness level, if you can add a twist to your challenge you might inspire people to dig a little deeper when donating.
Download our How To Guide here!: Grief Encounter_May Mini Mile_HowTo Guide