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Beat 125 Challenge

Walk, Make or Bake for the 1.25 million people affected by eating disorders.

Eating disorders are scary, isolating and lonely illnesses. For so many the pandemic derailed recovery keeping them from getting support from family, friends and healthcare professionals. NHS data shows the number of children and young people waiting for treatment at the end of 2020 was three times higher than the end of 2019.

Join the Beat 125 Challenge this October to spread a message of strength, solidarity and hope and tell the 1.25 million - you are not alone!

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What will your challenge be?

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Walk

Get a team together and walk 125 across the month of October. Take on a local route or a trek you’ve been planning for ages with friends and family. In person or remotely, you can track your miles to hit your team target of 125!

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Make

Are you feeling crafty? Maybe you’ve been wanting to try out something new for a while. Or maybe you have been crafting for as long as you can remember, and it just makes you happy! Either way, set yourself a challenge linked to your hobby through October.

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Bake

Whether you are baking them like Paul Hollywood or you have just discovered your oven has a baking setting, you can bake your way to fundraising success!

How do I take part?

  1. Sign up and set up your Just Giving page.
  2. Personalise your page - set your target and let everyone know why this challenge is important to you.
  3. Get started - Share your page and start walking, making or baking from 1st of October!
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Walk, Make or Bake not the right activities for you right now?

No problem, here are more ideas to help:

1.25pm Afternoon tea - Remember always to follow the government guidelines, and share stories, a cup of tea, precious advice, and raise awareness and funds for Beat!

125 min Yoga class - Know the difference between the cobra pose and the downward dog? Share your knowledge and spread some Zen by running a not-for profit class.

1.25pm Bingo – Perfect activity for the upcoming cold and wet October afternoons. Whether you organise it at your local hall or online, just ask people to make a donation to come along, choose a theme and you’re all set! Why not hold a raffle on the day to boost your fundraising?

Karaoke-a-thon - Do you think you can get up to 12.5h of singing in teams? Get your family and friends involved! Time to stretch the vocal cords and get ready to sing in teams for as long as you can. If you're on the lookout for a karaoke machine, reach out to friends on social media to save money on renting one.

125 hours No makeup challenge - Give your skin a well-deserved holiday and stay natural for a while. Make sure you take pictures and show the world how beautiful you are!

12.5 hours Gaming challenge - online or offline, raise money by inviting friends and family to take part!

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Ideas for The Beat 125 Challenge at school

Walk and talk

Can you get 125 students to join in? Or a combined team target for the whole school of 125 around the sports field and school grounds?

Awareness day

Put up 125 Beat bunting/paper chains around the school, distribute leaflets and stickers. Why not book a Beat ambassador talk at morning assembly on the day too?

Run a Beat Car wash

Students can take turn in washing cars throughout a whole day. Make sure to let your local council know as well as all parents and teachers, we’ll provide contact cards to put on the windscreens as they cars leave all shiny and sparkly.

12.5h Dance-a-thon

In plain clothes or Halloween fancy dress, throw your best dance moves in teams! Set up your Just Giving page at the start of the month and get everyone involved in making the costumes and choosing the music.

Make 125 Handmade cards

Positive quotes, self-worth tips, celebrate you cards... Let your team’s creativity run free. You can then sell or donate the cards to parents, teachers or your local community and make everyone happy this October.

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The Beat 125 Challenge with your colleagues

1.25PM Walk and talk

Go for a sponsored walk with your colleagues, get a good catch up and raise awareness about eating disorders.

Bake 125 cupcakes

With Halloween around the corner, why not hold a scary bake sale?

Make 125 blankets, hats, masks, office tea towels...

Your keen knitters/sewers can teach the rest of the team so everyone can take part. Depending on what you make, why not donate to charity afterwards 😊

1.25PM Lunch and learn

Invite colleagues to bring their lunch and eat while you learn something new and raise money for Beat!

125 questions office quiz

We give you a number, you find the questions! Spice things up with amazing presents for the winners! Get in touch with fundraising@beateatingdisorders.org.uk so we can help you get prizes in your local area.

12.5h Job swap

Throughout the course of a week or the whole month, get swapping (preferably with colleagues from different departments!). As well as a fun way to raise money, you will learn so much about how other teams operate too!

Don’t forget to enquire about Matched Giving with your employer - Whether you’re raising money in the office or outside of work, ask your employer about matched giving. Lots of our fundraisers have doubled the amount raised by their employer so don't be afraid to ask.

Want some advice on your idea that is not listed above? Email the fundraising team and we can help you with your plans!

Please follow our Fundraising Guidelines to ensure your fundraising is suitable, legal, and safe for everyone involved. It’s important to choose a fundraising activity that is right for you. It’s especially important that you choose an appropriate fundraising activity if you have previous experience of an eating disorder or are in recovery.