About the Event
December Daily Dash – What is it?
The DDD is a challenge to run, walk or jog 5km every day in December. It was set up by us (Jackie and Mark) and some of our friends in 2015 after Jackie lost both parents to cancer in the space of 18 months. The Dash raises much-needed funds for the great work that Sue Ryder – who cared for Jackie’s dad in the last few months of his life – does for those with incurable illness and their families. Sue Ryder provides palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
You can sign up using the link on the homepage, or sign up here.
Every day, even Christmas day?
Absolutely – the Christmas day run is one of the best as it gets you out of the house and active, and maybe even bumping in to some fellow dashers.
But I’ve got this thing one day in December? Can I still do it?
One of the defining aspects of the challenge is its daily nature at a time of year when lots is going on. We don’t track or police its completion and leave it entirely up to you how you complete it and when. We do suggest that you try and do something every day that challenges you personally and if there is something unavoidable or you don’t feel well then please exercise common sense.
How many people do the dash?
Two years ago, 200 people signed up across 7 countries, that more than doubled for last year when over 500 people signed up to do the dash across 15 countries. This year we’re really hoping to grow that number again, so please share with anyone you know who might be interested.
Do you meet up for runs?
A couple of years ago saw the coining of a new term – a ‘dash mob’. This is where a group of dashers organise to meet up to complete their dash together. We try and do one in Berkshire (where we live) on the final day of the dash, but also encourage you to set up your own with those dashing near you. Maybe you’d like to organise a group Dash in your area? Let us know and we’ll get your event added to our Facebook page. Of course please do consider the impact that bringing people together for dashes might have while the threat of COVID-19 is still firmly present. Please only arrange a group Dash if you're certain that it is safe to do so.
I live in the middle of no-where with no-one else dashing near me!
Don’t worry! We have a Strava community if you want to connect virtually with other dashers, and of course we love seeing photos from your runs on our social feeds!
Do I have to fundraise?
No, we want the dash to be inclusive and celebrate the work that Sue Ryder does. That said, the funds they receive are vital and we’d love to add to the £100k the dash has raised for them to date. A lot of people decide to contribute themselves instead of fundraising, but we’d love it if you did publicise the event to let your family and friends know what you have achieved and how they can sponsor you. The Daily Dash is a fun challenge that we think is highly worthy of the sponsorship or odd donation. Your support will help Sue Ryder be there for people in some of their darkest moments.
If you do want to fundraise for Sue Ryder, you can update the fundraising page created when you register by signing in to JustGivinghere.
Can I raise money for other charities?
There are loads of amazing causes out there but Sue Ryder is very close to our heart and the reason for the dash existing. We think that the more of us doing this the more impact we can have and the more funds we can raise for them, and so if you are fundraising while doing the dash then we would really appreciate if that was for Sue Ryder.
What about setting up our own team?
Absolutely, we did this last year and it was a great way for individuals and groups of friends and colleagues to share their own stories to raise funds. Please use the advice on JustGiving on how to convert the page created when you register into a team page.
Sounds epic, how do I sign up?
You can sign up using the button at the top of the page, or sign up here. This helps us send you and other participants all the useful hints and tips to prepare, keep you up to date with Dash news, and of course create the legendary ‘dash map’ of where we have participants taking part.
Any small print?
Of course. The dash is undertaken entirely at your own risk; Sue Ryder can’t have insurance for an event of this nature. We care about your safety and so please be considerate of any health conditions and your surroundings when out dashing. Apart from that we just hope that you enjoy the dash and look forward to seeing your pictures (or video!) and fundraising efforts.
How will taking part help?
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – they’re there when it matters. Their doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.
Your participation means that they can provide more care for more people to be there when it really matters, taking the time to understand what’s important to them and give them choice and control over their care.