Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
HomeRun is a fundraising challenge for Shelter. You set the distance you want to run in September and a fundraising goal. You can take part on your own or in a team.
It doesn’t matter where you live or how fit you are. The important thing is that the money you raise will go towards helping people struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
That's up to you. You decide how many miles you would like to run throughout September.
We’re delighted that you would still like to fundraise for Shelter in April. The harsh reality is that more people than ever are worried about losing their jobs, their homes and keeping their families safe. That is why it’s so important to continue fundraising for people in our communities who need our help. Here are 5 ideas of ways you can keep fundraising, from the comfort of your home.
1. Why not design your own challenge? Are sit ups, press ups or squats your thing?
2. A boogie a day. Dancing is a great way to get your steps in this April. Share using the #HomeRunforShelter to prove it!
3. Feeling crafty? Create something this April and get sponsored.
4. Love a good book? Get sponsored to get through a set number of pages a day.
5. With a step counter, there’s no reason why you can’t pace around your living room to get those miles in.
You can continue to use your everydayhero fundraising page.
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, it’s with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone this year’s HomeRun by a few months, to September 2020.
There are a few reasons why we have had to take this difficult decision. Principally, our greatest priority is to keep you safe and the unfolding government guidance (Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland) means that whilst many of us can still clock up our steps as part of our daily exercise, this option is not open to all of us.
Our vision was to create a challenge everyone can take part in, wherever and whoever they are. Sadly, it no longer feels that we can safely deliver that vision if we proceed in April. By postponing to September, it is our hope that many more of you will feel able to take part and smash your fundraising and distance goals.
Yes, you can still use the page you set up when you signed up to HomeRun to keep track of your miles covered. Distances you log during April will be added to your individual distance total and the collective total, and help you place on the distance leaderboard.
You can use the page you set up when you signed up to HomeRun to collect sponsorship. If you want to fundraise offline, download a sponsorship form from our fundraising tools page.
Absolutely! It's simple and you don't need to make any changes to your account.
On 1st September, your individual distance total, the collective total and leaderboards will be reset and ready for you to begin logging distances again. Don’t worry, you will still see your April activity posts on your page but they won’t count towards your September total.
Your fundraising page will remain open until the end of November 2020, so you can use it to take part in April and the official September challenge. Your fundraising will carry over and the fundraising leaderboards will remain live. You do not need to create a new account.
HomeRun is happening throughout September and it’s up to you where you rack up your miles. Your doorstep is your start line.
Every step counts, whether you walk an extra few paces on your way to work, walk the dog or run with some pals.
There’s no fee to sign up but we do recommend a fundraising target of £100. The funds you raise are invaluable to the work we do.
It’s easy! Click here to register and set up your page.
Absolutely! The more people who sign up the better. You can create a team fundraising page to raise money as a group and track your team’s progress.
After you've finished signing up, you'll be presented with the option to create a team. Click the red 'Create a team' button and follow the steps.
If you would like to join a team at a later date, log in to your everydayhero account and visit your fundraising page. On the right-hand side of your page, under your distance totaliser, there are two buttons under the heading 'TEAM'. Click 'Create a new team'. A pop up will appear asking you to enter the name of your team. Once you have entered it, click 'CREATE TEAM'.
After you've finished signing up, you'll be presented with the option to join a team. Click the red 'Join team' button and follow the steps.
If you would like to join a team at a later date, log in to your everydayhero account and visit your fundraising page. On the right-hand side of your page, under your distance totaliser, there are two buttons under the heading 'TEAM'. Click 'Join an existing team'. You can then search for the team you would like to join using its name and click 'JOIN THIS TEAM'.
Of course! Anyone can take part in HomeRun, on their own or as part of a team.
You must be over 18 to have your own fundraising page. This is due to the tracking functionality of some of the apps that can be linked to fundraising pages. If under 18s would like to take part in HomeRun, we recommend that they do so with an adult and do not publish any routes that they cover on the adult’s fundraising page.
You can order a HomeRun 2020 t-shirt on our online store. If you raise £200 as part of the challenge, we'll send you an exclusive t-shirt for free, only available to our top fundraisers.
We're sorry you can no longer take part in HomeRun. If you would like to delete your account you can do so through your fundraising page . Click on 'Edit this Supporter Page' under your profile picture. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Disable this Page'.
You can also contact the everydayhero support desk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to disable your page.
You decide your fundraising own target as part of the registration process. This can be changed at a later date. We recommend a target of £100.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.
Your fundraising page acts as a HomeRun profile and is where you can receive donations from friends and family.
Personalising your page is a great way to increase donations. Update it with a photo of yourself and a bit of information about why you are taking part in the challenge.
Your fundraising page also shows your award badges which you receive when you reach your milestones.
Log in to your everydayhero fundraising page and you will see your fundraising goal near the top of the page. Simply click 'Edit Fundraising Page' and you will be able to update the amount on the next screen.
Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows donors who are UK taxpayers to increase their donation by an extra 25% without any extra cost to themselves.
Donors can add on Gift Aid by selecting the option as part of their donation process.
When you register for HomeRun, a fundraising page is automatically set up online. You can share the link with your friends and family and they can donate via credit/debit card. When they do so, your fundraising page is updated.
Cash donations can be paid into your own account, and you can then make the equivalent donation to your online fundraising page. This way, your personal fundraising page will reflect the donation.
Alternatively, you can write a cheque and send it to us. All cheques should be made payable to 'Shelter’, and sent to:
88 Old Street,
Please accompany all cheques with a note stating your full name and address and a reference to HomeRun.
Technical support and tracking your distance
- Log in to your everydayhero fundraising page.
- Find the running figure under the field that allows you to post updates to your page.
- Once you click on the figure, you will see a window that will provide you the opportunity to fill in the details of your workout including the type, length, duration, and time.
- Click on the fields highlighted in green to change the content of your post. Click 'Post' to see the manual workout added to your fitness totals.
On the day you run or walk, your page will automatically be updated with the distance you’ve covered so you can let your friends and family know how you are doing. This is a great way to inspire the people you love to support you and donate funds to fight homelessness.
- Log in to your everydayhero account.
- Enter the email address and password you registered with, then click 'Submit'.
- You'll then be taken to your dashboard. From there click on your name in the top right corner, then select 'Account' from the dropdown menu.
- To connect your Strava account to your everydayhero account, you'll need to click on 'Manage Connections' on the right side.
- Select the 'Strava' button. Then click on the orange 'Connect' button in the Strava section.
- Follow the prompts to approve the connection between your everydayhero account and your Strava account.
Learn more here.
- Log in to your everydayhero account.
- Enter the email address and password you registered with, then click 'Submit'
- You'll then be taken to your dashboard. From there click on your name in the top right corner, then select 'Account' from the dropdown menu
- To connect your MapMyFitness account to your everydayhero account, you'll need to click on 'Manage Connections' on the right side.
- Then click on the blue 'Connect' button in the MapMyFitness section.
- All done!
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everydayhero is an online fundraising platform which you can use to collect your donations. When you sign up to HomeRun an everydayhero online fundraising page is automatically created for you. You will be asked to activate your page within your confirmation email. Once activated, you can access your page by clicking the login button in the top menu.