Fundraising and Training Tips

86% of people who have been bereaved said they felt alone in their grief. We want to change this. By raising funds for Sue Ryder through the December Daily Dash, you could help ensure that fewer people face grief alone. You’ll be supporting people through the most difficult times of their lives, whether that’s a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one.

Fundraising Top Tips

Maximise your fundraising efforts by perfecting your JustGiving page. Follow our top tips to get started:

  • Give us a smile: pages with selfies can raise 23% more.
  • Tell your story and share why you’re taking part.
  • Tick off a target: setting one will help you raise a whopping 45% more on average.
  • Go viral: Share your page on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn…
  • Keep it current: add images and updates to keep your friends and family engaged.
  • Track your activity: Link up your Strava account to your JustGiving page to keep your sponsors up to date.

Training Advice

  • This is a month of running, jogging or walking, not a sprint. Take it easy and build up slowly; don't overdo it early on. Have patience.
  • Spoil yourself and go for a proper shoe fitting well before you begin. What works for one doesn’t work for another so make sure your footwear is suitable for you, and most importantly is comfortable!
  • Find a training partner. It’s much harder to skip a day’s dashing when someone is waiting for you to turn up. It’ll also keep you focused on getting out in the rain or snow!
  • Track and share your progress. Log your training on Strava to see the improvements you’re making and be inspired by other dashers too.
  • Don’t ignore the warning signs of niggles. If there is an ache or pain one side and not the other, chances are something is occurring. Please don’t ignore this! Pull back the effort of your run and get to see a specialist ASAP.
  • Avoid two hard back to back days. If you give it some real effort one day, always make sure the next day is a very easy one.
  • Stretch! As boring as it can be sometimes, it’s vital to help with injury prevention. Hold each stretch for 45-60 seconds. 
  • Nutrition and hydration are also a key part of your training. Refuel with good sources of quality carbohydrates and repair and regrow those muscles with quality protein. Variety is key - mix it up frequently.

If you’ve got any questions, get in touch with us at

There are plenty of videos that can support you with all the aspects of taking part in the Dash. There are a couple of our favourites below, and you can head to the Sue Ryder YouTube channel to find out more about their work, training and fundraising advice.